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.
Spinels come in many colours but the most coveted are the rarest reds, vibrant pinks and exquisite pink-orange hues
WHY YOU’LL LOVE PINK SPINELSpinels 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 jewellery.
HOW TO WEAR PINK SPINEL
Eva's TIP: "I prefer a red or pink spinel rather than a ruby or pink sapphire, as spinels tend to be cleaner (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. And so, spinel is a fabulous alternative!"
Getting engaged? Try a lighter pastel pink hue. As spinels have a strong brilliance, 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.
- 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.
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 under-appreciated ever since.
- High jewellery designers, such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Harry Winston and Chanel use spinel gemstones along with other coloured 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.
Pink spinel has high brilliance and sparkles a lot in comparison to other jewels. It can even out-sparkle sapphire because of its superior clarity! Pink spinel can be found in shades of soft pastel and playful bubblegum.
Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and East Africa.
Sapphires come in every colour but red → a “red sapphire” would be called a ruby! Pink sapphires 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 highly valued orange-pink Padparadscha sapphire. That ultra-special stone has an extraordinary colour 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.
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… or use neon pink sapphires to complement a softer-toned centre stone.
- For summer, try a pair of earrings with flashy pinks and warm undertones to sparkle in the heat of the sun.
- For winter, cozy up with blushing pinks in bold colours to warm you up on a cold evening.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 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
- The intensity of the colour pink will determine its value. Besides that, it’s the size and whether the stone has been heated to obtain that colour pink or whether it naturally came in that colour (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.
Pink sapphires over 4 carats are considered extremely rare. The sparkly neon colour of this stone is surprisingly natural.
But keep in mind that colour is subjective.
What one gem dealer may consider a pink sapphire, another may consider a ruby. So, this is often open to debate! Try and remember this when shopping for a pink sapphire - the redder the stone (and the more it goes towards a ruby colour), the higher the price will be.
Brazil, Nigeria, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Russia, California and Maine (USA).
Tourmaline comes in a rainbow of colours, and its pinks range from the highly coveted raspberry "Rubellite" tourmaline to a delicious candy-coloured pink..
WHY YOU’LL LOVE PINK TOURMALINE
With a good hardness and brilliance, it’s an exquisite stone for jewellery that’s worn daily.
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-coloured pink gem, set with or without pavé diamonds around it to make the pink pop even more.
- For summer, try party-perfect pinks, like an exquisite neon hue or a delicate pale pastel.
- For winter, pop open a bottle of Bordeaux and find your perfect pink jewel in a similar shade.
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 other coloured) tourmalines are often accentuated with diamonds in rings, earrings and necklaces by high jewellery 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.
Brightly coloured 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.
Some of tourmaline's most stunning and most highly priced colours are the shocking pinks to reds called rubellite in the trade.
Brazil, Mozambique, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Namibia, USA (Maine and California).
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.
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 jewellery 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 jewellery 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.
- For summer, try its light rose petal-colored hues.
- For winter, opt for the deeper, peachy pink variety with some deeper coloured stones to warm up those cold days…
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 more eye-clean and larger in size than its sister, emerald, which is typically heavily included and smaller!
- 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.
Morganite is almost always heat treated and comes in soft pink pastel and peachy pink hues.
Hopefully you now have an idea of which pink jewel suits you! Before you dive in, explore our Gemstone Buying Guide for some general tips when shopping for coloured stones.
For more personal guidance, feel free to reach out via email with any questions or to set up a complimentary consultation so you can get to know these stones up close and personal!
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