Can Morganite Get Wet? [How To Clean Your Gemstones]

Every day, your hands come in contact with water. Whether you’re washing your hands, preparing food, or even getting caught in a rainstorm! It is something hard to avoid. 

Can Morganite Get Wet? [How To Clean Your Gemstones]

If you’re looking to keep your morganite ring beautiful, then you may be wondering: can morganite get wet? Well, the short answer is yes, it can. 

Frequent exposure to water can dull the appearance of your morganite ring, especially during prolonged periods. While it won’t fall apart or discolor when occasionally exposed, it will, however, be impacted over time. 

Moreover, different types of water can impact morganite, too. So you may be wondering, how do I clean this gemstone if I should avoid water? 

Well, don’t worry. We have created this complete guide looking at everything you need to know about moganite and whether or not it can get wet. Additionally, we will also look at how to keep it sparkling new. 

Let’s get straight into it! 

What Is Morganite?

If you’re unfamiliar with morganite, it is a pink gemstone that is considered to be a close cousin to aquamarine and emerald (see also, ‘What is Emerald Good For and How to Use it‘). In fact, it contains both! 

Moreover, this rare can range in color, too – from rose and pale blush to salmon and peach. Although, the most common stones are typically found in light shades of pink. That being said, the deeper shades are more valuable. 

To improve its color, morganite is usually treated with heat, this removes the orange and yellow tint sometimes found in the stones – leaving you with a pretty pink color that won’t fade. 

The History Of Morganite

Also known as rose beryl, or vorobevite, the morganite stone was first discovered in Madagascar in the early 20th century by the chief gemologist of Tiffany & Co., George Kunz. 

The stone was named after J.P. Morgan, another gem aficionado associated with Kunz. Until the 21st century, morganite flew under the radar, however, it began to rise in popularity due to its beautiful pink hue and affordability when compared to diamonds. 

Many people appreciate the stone’s pink hue when paired with a rose-gold band for a beautiful engagement ring. 

In addition to being beautiful, morganite gemstones are also considered to resemble Divine Love in lore. Mythology states that the stone provides assurance, compassion, promise, and healing to those who wear it – things everyone wants in a happy marriage! 

Protecting Morganite 

The toughness and hardness of your gemstone are all dependent on its durability. This, in turn, affects the scratch resistance. 

Thus, if you have a harder stone, it is less likely to be affected by scratches. Once scratches accumulate on a gemstone, it removes its ability to channel and gather light – making it look tired and old. 

Regardless of the stone’s durability, all should be handled with care. Although, this doesn’t mean keeping it in your jewelry box forever. Below, we have outlined some tips for keeping your morganite protected. 

  • Be aware and present with what you’re doing. When walking, avoid bumping or brushing into hard objects. 
  • Keep your morganite rings separated from other rings (when mixed together, they are able to scratch one another)
  • Keep morganite away from water. If showering, take off your jewelry before entering. 

Can Morganite Get Wet?

The water your hands come in contact with when you wash your hands, have a shower, or even swim, can all affect your morganite over time.

The most significant damage comes from chemically treated water. For instance, chlorine. Although this is required to keep your water clean, it isn’t suitable for your jewelry.

While it is recommended to remove your morganite before using chemically treated water, it won’t instantly fall apart if you forget to do so, too. 

The biggest impact you’ll see from chlorine is on your ring’s metal, for instance, gold – causing them to break and bend more easily. However, repeated exposure over long periods of time is needed to notice the damage. 

More likely than not, you won’t even notice the damage straight away, since the effects are microscopic – leading people to believe water exposure is perfectly fine. 

Can Morganite Get Wet? [How To Clean Your Gemstones]

However, over time this will wear away the protective metal, potentially causing your morganite gemstone to fall out and risk getting lost. 

In addition to chlorine damage, your morganite ring can also be affected by the mineral deposits found in hard water. These minerals are simply dissolved deposits from your faucet. When the water dries, this is what you get left behind. 

When in contact, it can make your stone look lifeless and dull – so it’ll likely need a good clean after!

Therefore, in short, you should always avoid your morganite gemstone from coming in contact with water. While you won’t notice the damage straight away, over time, your ring will begin to wear down and look dull. 

How To Clean Morganite?

A combination of natural oils from your skin, dirt, dust, and water – that are all found in your natural environment – can have an effect on the sparkle of your morganite. 

The result is a thin layer of grime that prevents light from moving around and entering the stone, making it look dull and lifeless. However, don’t worry, this is relatively easy and cheap to solve. 

All that is required is some mild dish soap, water, and a soft-bristled toothbrush. You’ll also need a clean towel to dry up.

Once you have gathered everything you need, simply add a few drops of dish soap to a small bowl of warm water. Then, dip your toothbrush into the liquid and gently scrub your morganite. 

Carefully move the bristles all around the gemstone, making sure you’re covering every nook and cranny. Once you’ve finished, rinse well with water. Then, take your towel and carefully dab the stone. 

If you’re able to, grab your blow dryer and set it to the cool setting to allow your ring to completely dry. 

Without a blow dryer, it can sometimes be difficult to reach all the crevices where your towel can’t enter. This way, you’re ensuring there is no water hiding anywhere that could damage the stone. 

Final Thoughts

When it comes to our jewelry, we want to ensure that they remain as fresh and sparkly as possible. However, one factor that can contribute to the wear and tear of your gemstone is water. 

Whether you’re washing your hands, cleaning, or preparing dinner, sometimes it is hard to avoid coming into contact with water while wearing your jewelry. And while it is safe to occasionally get your morganite ring wet, it should be avoided as much as possible. 

This is primarily due to the fact that water contains deposits that, over time, can affect the sparkle of the stone. To avoid this, you’ll want to remove your rings before touching the water. 

Although, don’t worry, as your ring can always be cleaned. While this can sometimes be a tedious process, it ensures that your rings look as good as new. Hopefully, this guide has informed you about everything you need to know about Morganite.

Andrea Daehma
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