For a long
time, the general public was not really aware that pink sapphires
really existed. This is because the pink sapphire was considered so
special by jewelers that pink sapphire jewelry was only really traded
by insiders. As far as the general public knew, a sapphire did not
really come in any other color but blue.
The truth is
that the sapphire comes in many colors including yellow, green, pink,
purple orange and of course blue. A sapphire that is any other color
but blue is called a Fancy Sapphire. Some of these sapphires also
have their own names. For instance, the orange sapphire, which hails
from India, is called Padparadsha. Red sapphires are classified as rubies.
are also sometimes called the girly sapphires. They become very
popular after Paris Hilton was spotted wearing an enormous pink
sapphire ring and pendant framed by two yellow canary diamonds.
This led to a flurry of interest in pink sapphires, especially on the
Home Shopping Network which had companies specializing in both
natural and lab created pink sapphire jewellery. Currently the trend
seems to be towards the large brass knuckle type ring that is paved
with scores of tiny pink sapphire stones.
something very cheery, youthful and optimistic about pink sapphire
jewelry. It is a feminine stone but it is also one of the strongest
and hardest stones in the world registering at a MOH scale hardness
of 9. In this sense you could say it is a symbol of "the velvet
glove" - feminine strength.
It is the
ideal precious stone to give to a younger woman perhaps as a present
for a birthday or for graduating from college. Pink sapphire jewelry
is hip these days because the off color sapphires (ones that are not
the usual dark blue) epitomize the eclectic taste. They are also the
ideal gift for any individual that collects rare, but precious
gemstones especially if you can find a pink sapphire ring or pendant
that boasts a particularly odd or bright shade of pink.
sapphire is just as valuable and sometimes even more expensive than a
high quality blue one. It is a durable stone that lasts for years.
Like all sapphires it belongs to the corundum group of minerals,
which are second only to diamonds in terms of their hardness. As they
don't scratch or chip easily, pink sapphires are also the ideal stone
for the busy working woman as it is highly unlikely she will damage
the stone. The pronged settings of a pink sapphire ring are more
likely to wear out than the gemstone itself.
magnificent colors, its transparency but also its resistance and
permanence are characteristics which gemstone lovers and experts
assign to this gemstone - however, this does not only apply to blue
Sapphire as will be pointed out later on. Sapphire belongs to the
corundum group, which is set apart from other gemstones by their very
good hardness (Grade 9 on the Mohs' scale). They are second in
hardness to diamonds only, and diamonds represent the hardest mineral
on Earth! Because of their good harness, sapphires are easy to care
for as gemstones and demand from their wearers only the usual and
group consists of pure aluminum oxide and other elements that make
the stones different colors. The more chrome a gemstone in this
family contains the redder it will be. Rubies, also known as red
sapphires have a great deal of chrome and that is what gives them
their blood red color. Pink sapphires have less chrome, but just
enough to give them their gorgeous blush. Iron is the element that
gives common sapphires that true blue
especially pink sapphires can be considered to be a "cut
above" other gemstones. This is because they are mined from very
deep within in the earth. Cutters of sapphires must be the best as it
is a stone that can contain several hues in one rock. In order the
stone to really sparkle and for the depth of its color to be
brilliant and consistent, a real expert must handle it. Otherwise the
stone will be dull.
and sapphires, pink
sapphires can be heat treated in order to get rid of a dark core
or an uneven color. The least expensive pink sapphire ring and
pendants tend to be set with these heat-treated gemstones.
The fact that
natural pink sapphires
do vary so much in color from stone to stone makes them truly
individual. The pink sapphire can range in hue from an almost
purplish pink, to rosy pink to pink with a yellowish cast to baby
pink. Even if you don't like pink that much, there is a pink sapphire
gemstone out there in a hue to suit you.
be a bit odd in the way that they reflect light. Before you buy a
pink sapphire ring, see if it sparkles as much in daylight as it does
in artificial light. A peculiar feature of this family of gemstones
is that some only really glitter in sunlight and others only glitter
in artificial light. Look for a gemstone that is satiated in pink and
even in color it will be most likely to reflect both types of light.
The oldest Sapphire
mines are situated in Sri Lanka, which used to be known as
Ceylon. These mines are being rapidly depleted so the next best three
natural sources of pink sapphires are from Burma, India Thailand,
Australia and Brazil.
precious gemstones, the value of a pink
sapphire depends on size, color and transparency. It also
depends where the pink sapphire is from. Those mined in Kashmir
are considered to be the most precious followed by ones from Burma
and Sri Lanka. Heat treated gemstones are much less expensive as they
are not as "natural."