Pink Gemstones

Think Pink

1. Power Play: Pink Spinel

ORIGIN
Tanzania, Madagascar, Sri Lanka (the old Ceylon), Vietnam, Myanmar (the old Burma), Tajikistan. For centuries, the main historic source of red and pink spinels has been modern day Afghanistan and Tajikistan; however, spinel has also been mined in Ceylon and Burma. A younger mining area known especially for these beautiful pink gems is Tanzania.

COLORS
Spinels come in many colors but the most coveted are the rarest reds, vibrant pinks and exquisite pink-orange hues.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE PINK SPINEL
Spinels have great hardness and transparency. Spinels have often far better clarity than pink sapphires or red rubies. This adds to the spinel’s excellent sparkling brilliance, which makes it one of the top gemstones for fine jewelry. 

Gemstone quality diagram
Pink Spinel Picture

HOW TO WEAR PINK SPINEL

"I prefer a red or pink spinel rather than a ruby or pink sapphire, as spinels are more clean (inside the stone) than rubies and sapphires, and can even sparkle more (except when you go for the best quality rubies and sapphires which are extremely rare and come with a hefty price tag)."

Getting engaged? Try a lighter pastel pink hue. As spinels have a strong brilliance (in other words, they sparkle a lot), this variety comes close to a diamond but with a hint of romantic pink. Of course, if you prefer a statement ring, certainly opt for the famous red and intense pink hues.

By season: 

  • For summer, try bolder, brilliant pigments like splashy pink or a stone that sparkles with orange undertones. 
  • For winter, heat up with warmer reds and darker reddish-pinks. Sometimes, soft pastels lighten and brighten those long, cold nights.

A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF PINK SPINEL
Two famous old red spinels in history are: 

  • The Black Prince’s 'ruby'
  • The Timur 'ruby'

The Black Prince’s 'ruby' - or red spinel as it actually is - is set in England’s Imperial State Crown and displayed in the Tower of London. Its name first appears in the historical records of Moorish Spain in the 14th century as the possession of Abū Sa'īd, the Moorish Prince of Granada. Through several wars and conquests, the stone eventually ended up with the Prince of Wales, the Black Prince, who received it as a payment for a victory of battle.

The Timur 'ruby' has illustrious provenance too. Ranging from Mughal emperors to Persian rulers, and ultimately being acquired by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1813. When the British annexed the Punjab in 1849, they took possession of the Timur ruby (and the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond by the way) from Duleep Singh, the son of Ranjit Singh and the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire. The East India Company presented the Timur Ruby to Queen Victoria as a gift in 1851...

DID YOU KNOW?

  • For centuries, spinel has been mistaken for ruby and regarded as such in Europe’s crown jewels. It wasn’t until 1783 that the French mineralogist Jean Baptiste Louis Rome de Lisle distinguished spinel as a different mineral from ruby, and this high quality gemstone has often been underappreciated ever since.
  • High jewelry designers, such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Harry Winston and Chanel use spinel gemstones along with other colored gemstones or diamonds.
  • The Samarian Spinel is believed to be the largest fine spinel in the world. It is a red 500 carat gemstone that is part of the Iranian Crown Jewels.
  • Historically, red and rose-hued spinels were often referred to as balas rubies. This may have referred to their country of origin, called Badakshan (today’s area of Afghanistan/Tajikistan).

2. Make A Statement: Pink Sapphire

ORIGIN
Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and East Africa.

COLORS
Sapphires come in every color but red → a “red sapphire” would be called a ruby. Rubies and sapphires belong to the Corundum family. Although the most famous sapphire is the blue sapphire, pink sapphires are gaining momentum. That’s because these pink gems come in a variety of shades, ranging from powdery hues, to bubble gum or ‘hot’ pink and everything in between. There’s also the stunning and sought-after orange-pink Padparadscha Sapphire, whose name derives from the Sinhalese word for ‘aquatic lotus blossom.’ This stone has an extraordinary color reminiscent of sunset.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE PINK SAPPHIRE
Sapphire is an extremely durable stone with very good hardness and high brilliance, which makes it one of the world’s top gemstones - on par with rubies, diamonds and spinels.

Gemstone quality diagram

HOW TO WEAR PINK SAPPHIRE
Opt for light pink sapphires or fabulous neon pinks. Even more rare is the pink-orange Padparadscha Sapphire. There exist exclusive and gorgeous pink styles to suit any occasion.

Getting engaged? And like a bold statement to express your story? Try an intense pink sapphire instead of the diamond (if you dare…). 

By Season:

  • For summer, try bolder, brilliant pigments like flashy neon pink or a stone that sparkles with orange undertones. 
  • For winter, heat up with warmer and darker pinks.

A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF PINK SAPPHIRE
The most mythical sapphires are the blue sapphires from Kashmir, found in the Great Himalayan mountains of northwestern India in the 1800s. The remote mine has been exhausted since the 1920s, but some stones can still be found in the market very occasionally.

Pink sapphires became more widely available when new deposits were found in Madagascar in the late 1990s. Until then, these pink gems were considered exceptionally rare since they were only found in a few locations around the world, such as Sri Lanka and Burma. Pink sapphires over 1 carat are rare and a pink sapphire over 4 carats is regarded as extremely rare. For that reason, each stone is cut to retain as much of its original weight as possible. But also because pigment is its most prized asset, and this is more intense in larger stones.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Considered one of the Precious Four, which also includes rubies, emeralds and fine diamonds, blue sapphires traditionally symbolize nobility, sincerity, truth and faithfulness. Its striking blue is the standard against which all other blue gemstones (such as blue topaz or tanzanite) are measured against. However, far less well-known in the West is the stunning pink sapphire which can be even more rare than the blue sapphire.
  • The more red the pink color contains, the more expensive it will be because it will be coming close to a ruby which is even more rare than a pink sapphire. And what one gem dealer may consider a pink sapphire, another may consider a ruby as color is a subjective judgement. So, this is often open to debate!
  • The intensity of the color pink will determine its value. Besides that, it’s the size and whether the stone has been heated to obtain that color pink or whether it naturally came in that color (the latter being more rare and expensive).
  • The pink sapphire is a wonderful alternative for the pink diamond which is one of the rarest and most expensive of all gemstones, unobtainable for most people except the very wealthy. Pink sapphire is a more affordable alternative and often comes in better, more intense shades of pink than the pink diamond.

3. True Romance: Pink Tourmaline

ORIGIN
Brazil, Nigeria, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Russia, California and Maine (USA).

COLORS
Tourmaline comes in a rainbow of colors, and its pinks range from the highly coveted raspberry "Rubellite Tourmaline" to a delicious candy-colored pink..

WHY YOU’LL LOVE PINK TOURMALINE
With a good hardness and brilliance, it’s an exquisite stone for jewelry that’s worn daily.

Gemstone Quality Diagram

EXTRA NOTE OF CARE FOR PINK TOURMALINE
Due to their pyro- and piezoelectric properties, tourmaline gemstones need to be wiped down frequently as they tend to attract more dust particles than other gemstones. You can also use warm soapy water and a soft cloth to clean.

HOW TO WEAR PINK TOURMALINE
Tourmalines are versatile, modern and utterly stunning for any occasion.

Getting engaged? Try a candy-colored pink gem, set with or without pavé diamonds around it to make the pink pop even more.

By Season:

  • For summer, try party-perfect hues, like an exquisite neon pink or a delicate pale pink.
  • For winter, opt for deeper, darker stones, the color of Bordeaux wine.
Pink Tourmaline Picture

A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF PINK TOURMALINE
Brightly colored Sri Lankan Tourmalines were brought to Europe by navigators from the Dutch East India Company in the late 17th century who gave the stone the name 'aschentreckers' meaning 'ash attractors' because it could attract dust and lint when charged with static electricity and so, they used it to clean their pipes after smoking.

People have probably used tourmalines for centuries, but often identified it as some other gemstone based on its color until the arrival of modern gemology. Since it comes in an endless array of dazzling colors, it’s easy to understand why people used to confuse tourmaline with other gems. 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The confusion about tourmalines stems from the stone’s name, which comes from the word Toramalli, meaning “mixed gems” in Sinhalese.
  • Intense pink (and others) tourmalines are often accentuated with diamonds in rings, earrings and necklaces by high jewelry houses, such as Louis Vuitton, Chopard, Chanel, Dior and Cartier.
  • Tourmalines have also been mined in the USA. One of the earliest reports of tourmaline in California was in 1892.

4. Must-Have: Pink Morganite

ORIGIN
Brazil, Mozambique, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Namibia, USA (Maine and California).

COLORS
Light pink, orange peach-pink and salmon pink.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE PINK MORGANITE
Morganites have good hardness and excellent transparency. They often come in lighter candy-like pastel shades of pink that are hard to resist.

Gemstone Quality Diagram

EXTRA NOTE OF CARE FOR PINK MORGANITE
Precious ‘beryl’ (the family to which Morganite belongs) is sensitive to pressure and vulnerable to household chemicals. Although beryl is one of the more durable gemstone types, it requires careful handling. Avoid wearing beryl jewelry when working with harsh chemicals or household cleaners, such as bleach or acid. Morganite can easily scratch other gemstones, such as common quartz gemstones (like purple amethyst, yellow citrine and rose quartz). This gemstone can also be scratched, especially by harder gemstones, such as rubies, sapphires, spinels and diamonds. So, always keep them apart (like you should with all your fine jewelry pieces btw).

HOW TO WEAR PINK MORGANITE
This light pink stone shimmers like the night sky, and is a unique selection for any occasion.

Getting engaged? This light pink gem is particularly stunning as an engagement ring. However, you need to see if it suits your style and looks as it doesn’t suit every lady. 

By season:

  • ​For summer, try its light rose petal-colored hues.
  • For winter, opt for the deeper, peachy pink variety to warm up those cold days…
Pink Morganite

A PEEK INTO THE HISTORY OF PINK MORGANITE
Pink morganite was first discovered in Madagascar in 1910 and is also known as pink beryl. Shortly thereafter, George F. Kunz, a famous American gemologist and buyer for Tiffany & Co renamed it in honor of J.P. Morgan, the American banker who was said to have been an avid gem collector. Among the beryls, morganite is one of the rarest gems and has been prized by gem collectors.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • ​Morganite was named after J.P. Morgan, the American banker who was a fervent gemstone lover himself.  
  • Morganite belongs to the same illustrious beryl family as emerald and aquamarine.
  • It is often eye-clean (it has few or no inclusions inside the stone, unlike its sister, emerald, which is typically heavily included!), and comes in larger sizes as well.
  • The stone is considered affordable, especially considering its rarity. Morganite may be hard to find in local retail stores as it’s still relatively uncommon. However, online dealers can provide morganite in every size, shape and cut.

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