Buyers of morganite gems ought to keep in mind color, cut, clarity and carat weight. Buyers should also be on the lookout for treated stone versus untreated stone. Treated morganite gems undergo processes to enhance color and reduce imperfections and are typically less expensive than untreated stones.
Morganite gems generally appear in a variety of shades of pink and occasionally in purple, orange or yellow. Bright pink gems should be selected over pale shades. Traditional gem cuts include pear, round, oval, square, heart and marquise.
In terms of clarity, buyers should choose gems that have few visible flaws. Stones of large carat weight are typically of higher quality and are more expensive than smaller stones.
Some morganite gems are treated with heat to enhance the bright pink color and with oils to decrease visible flaws. The treatments last for the lifetime of the gem, but reduce the value of the stone. Buyers should be wary of synthetic or imitation morganite gems. Some imitation trade names include the Pink Emerald and Pink Aquamarine.
The primary producers of morganite gems include Brazil, Madagascar and the United States in California, Maine and Connecticut.