If you’ve been captivated by the dreamy, pink insinuations of a precious gem of morganite, you wouldn’t be alone.

This pink variety of a common gemstone is winning the hearts of buyers around the world in droves, and is growing in popularity.

But just what is morganite, why are people eating it up, and are there any practical reasons you should get a morganite bracelet?

Take this high-level guide to answer a few of the most common questions – here’s what you need to know.

What Is Morganite?

Morganite, also known as rose beryl or pink emerald, is a variety of gemstone known as beryl.

Beryl is a silicate made of a mixture of aluminum and another mineral, beryllium. Typically, beryl is green, but, depending on impurities in the mineral, it can be blue, yellow, pink, and even other colors.

Morganite, and jewelry made from it, are pink.

You’ve probably heard of morganite’s cousin – emerald. These are actually the same stone. They’re both beryl. Emerald is a green form of beryl, and morganite is pink.

However, emerald is green because the beryl that constitutes it contains traces of iron, chromium, and vanadium. By contrast, morganite is beryl that contains traces of manganese, which instead make it a warmer, light pink color.

Morganite forms hexagonal crystals, like some diamonds, but it can be cut into a variety of shapes and sizes, including cabochons (round gems). Morganite can range from light pink to a rich, deep coral color, and it can be either clear or clouded.

What Is the Spiritual Meaning of Morganite? (Why Do People Wear Morganite?)

Morganite, which is nearly chemically identical to emerald, is popular because it is a high-quality gemstone in a warm, subdued range of colors.

Pink morganite rings have grown in popularity, particularly, among those looking for more available, more affordable alternatives to diamonds as a gemstone of choice for engagement rings. It also looks beautiful in company with sterling silver and particularly with rose gold.

Not only is it more affordable than diamonds, but it is unique in that its color is a selling point. To some, color in diamonds is an impurity and an undesirable trait. To those who find morganite attractive, its color is a value-added feature.

However, many wear morganite bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings and other jewelry because of the gemstone’s supposed spiritual meaning.

Many see morganite, and its warm, tender pink hues, as symbolic of love. Some believe that morganite has the power to dissolve the ego, opening up the wearer (and perhaps those around him or her) to the promise of unconditional love.

Morganite is also said by some to possess certain healing metaphysical properties that are good for the mind and soul, that it ushers in compassion, understanding, and love, not only of other, but of the self.

To those that practice Tantric traditions, the gemstone morganite is associated with the Anahata, or the heart chakra. It is said to clear and balance the heart chakra, to remove blockages of the heart chakra, opening up the wearer to positive, love, and acceptance.

Some also believe that morganite necklaces, earrings, and other jewelry foster healing. Others yet believe that morganite is said to attract true love to the wearer, so some wear morganite with the hope of drawing in a soulmate.

Is Morganite Fragile?

Some who are attracted to morganite earrings, rings and other jewelry are concerned about its durability because it is chemically similar to emerald.

Emerald is typically very high in inclusions (imperfections in the gemstone) that make it likely to crack or fracture.

Morganite, however, is less prone to inclusions and weak fracture planes, so it is much more durable than its cousin.

Can You Wear Morganite Every Day?

While morganite gemstones are not as hard or as durable as diamonds (morganite typically hits 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, compared to diamond’s 10), you can wear them everyday – making them perfect for those who wear it for morganite’s alleged spiritual qualities.

Where Can You Get a High-Quality Morganite Bracelet?

Are you sold on the allure of morganite, or on the potential spiritual benefits of a morganite bracelet? If so, we recommend visiting Ice Imports (IceImports.com) to learn more about their unique morganite jewelry (they have a variety of samples of other gemstones as well).

Their morganite bracelet is made of 10mm morganite beads that exhibit the gentle, soft rose pink and cool lavender hues for which morganite is known. Their bracelets are painstakingly crafted and made with elastics so one size will fit most wrists.

It’s ideal both for those who love the gentle visual appeal of morganite as well as those who are looking to incorporate it into their lifestyle for its supposed spiritual benefits.

Visit their website to learn more about their unique gemstone bracelets.