Pink gemstones: Who would be your valentine?

Pink gemstones have always been synonymous with fantasy and romance. In deed, pink is the gentlest of colors, that of happiness and femininity. Every woman should have something pink in her wardrobe.

Source: Graff pink diamond high jewellery ring

Pink gemstones have always been synonymous with fantasy and romance. Pink is almost an irresistible color for a lot of people. In recent days, the temperature has risen and spring is getting closer, pink is gaining popularity again while major jewelry and cosmetics brands have launched pinky products.

Christian Dior once said:” Pink is the gentlest of colors, that of happiness and femininity. Every woman should have something pink in her wardrobe.” In fact, we need pink not only in the wardrobe, but also in the jewelry box. So let’s take a look at the pink gems in the jewelry market.

Diamond pink

  • very rare
  • almost all produced in Argyle, Australia
  • pricy and high investment values

Pink diamonds are the second rarest in the colored diamond family. They are highly valued for the precious and pure color. Only 0.001% of the diamonds mined each year are natural pink one, which makes them one of the most expensive treasures. A large number of jewelers have a special affection for pink diamonds.

At present, almost all of the world’s top pink diamonds are produced in Argyle, Australia, and even in Argyle, only 50 to 60 pink diamonds each year are able to reach the auction level, i.e. Argyle Tender. According to the current reserves, fewer than 500 pink diamonds can reach that level in the future.

Pay attention though, before making any purchase, remember to ask the jeweler to provide a GIA colored diamond grading report.

One of the most famous and expensive pink diamonds in the world today is a Graff Pink ring, GIA-rated: Fancy Intense pink. It weighs about 24.78 carats and was sold at Sotheby’s, Geneva for a record of $46 million in 2010, as seen below.

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Source: Ledauphine, Le DL / Norbert FALCO

Kunzite, a variance of Spodumene

Features of Kunzite

  • discovered and promoted by Tiffany & Co
  • transparent pink purple
  • very stable composition and quite durable
  • two main characteristics: diamond-like phosphorescence and pleochroism
  • high and steadily increasing prices
  • great investment values


Kunzite is a transparent pink purple lithium-containing mineral, hardness 6.5 – 7 (Mohs hardness scale), specific gravity: 3.18, a variance of Spodumene.

This precious gemstone was discovered in California in 1902 and was named after George Frederick Kunz, Chief Gemologist in Tiffany & Co, who first described the gem in 1802. Kunz described this kind of tough pink purple gemstone as follows: This gemstone has two most prominent features. One is that it can emit diamond-like phosphorescence. After being exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun, if we move it to a dark room, we then can clearly observe this kind of light change; the second is pleochroism, which means this stone shows different colors when viewed from different angles.

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Source: Macklowegallery, Verdura Late-20th Century Diamond, Kunzite and Platinum Earrings

Tiffany is the main contributor to the popularity of Kunzite.

After being introduced to Tiffany by Kunz, Kunzite has become the top five gemstones for the brand that are as popular as Morganite and Tanzanite. Since then Tiffany has launched many classic jewellery works including Kunzite, such as the famous Bird on a Rock, and the kunzite diamond pendant necklace specially designed for the 175th anniversary of the brand.

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Source: Tiffany

Kunzite is a good choice for us gemstone fans.

Apart from this irresistible pinkish purple charm, kunzite’s composition is very stable, with just the right hardness and specific gravity; in addition, kunzite has an absolute price advantage. Unlike morganite and tanzanite from the same house, kunzite’s price has always followed a steady and upward trend and the stone itself is playing an increasingly important role in Tiffany’s jewelry collection.


  • subtle, soft and pinky
  • expensive
  • famous collection from Tiffany & Co

Pink, salmon, rose, peach … all of these colors are a good description of the morganite, which is a type of beryl, ranging in color from pink, light orange, rose to fuchsia and red. It is named after the famous American financier J. Pierpont Morgan, who discovered the gem in Madagascar.

Morganite’s subtle and soft color is obtained from the manganese in the crystal structure, and its density and refractive index are high. It is mainly produced in Brazil, Madagascar, Namibia, the United States and Zimbabwe. Such a pink gem is a lovely presence in our jewelry box.

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Source: Tiffany Morganite Drop Pendant

Rose quartz

Trielle Ring Bijou Pink
Source: Leahalexandra

  • rose-like pinkish
  • affordable
  • the “love stone”, a ideal gem for Valentine’s Day
  • mostly produced in Madagascar

This gem is so beautiful and soft that it is named after a rose-like pink color, ranginng from pale pink to medium or deep pink. Rose quartz is an ideal gem for Valentine’s Day, and is regarded as the “love stone” because it is thought to be able to balance emotions and heal anger or disappointment.

The finest rose quartz is produced in Madagascar, although in Brazil there are larger quantities. Other sites include Scotland, Russia, Colorado, and Spain.

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Sapphire pink

  • sweet, soft with a transparent luster
  • color similar to pink diamonds but softer
  • a small output and pricy
  • cheaper when retreated artificially

Pink sapphire is a special branch of sapphire, which also has a trigonal crystal structure. It is known for the sweetness and softness with a transparent luster and a touch of warmth. Pink sapphire’s hue is more elegant than that of the ruby. It presents a beautiful and bright pink and has always been one of the most popular colors among sapphires.

Value and pricing

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Source: Bvlgari DIVAS’ DREAM necklace in 18 kt rose gold with chain set with pink sapphires and a diamond, and with a pendant set with a central pink sapphire and pavé diamonds.

In the colored sapphire family, the price of pink sapphire is second only to Padparadscha, a rare sapphire variety with a pinky orange color. If the pink sapphire has obvious brown and gray in the hue, then its value will be greatly reduced.

Pink sapphires are mainly produced in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Madagascar. Depending on whether they are heated, the prices vary a lot. Among them, the unheated pink sapphire has a smaller output and a higher value.

If light pink sapphires are cut well, the color will be very close to pink diamonds, but compared to aggressive diamonds, pink sapphires, especially unheated pink sapphires, have a texture that is softer reminding us of elegant cherry blossoms.

When its pink hue gradually gets stronger and closer to the color red or rose, the pink sapphire becomes more enthusiastic and bright. People regard it as the rose petals of summer, and as a result the price increases accordingly.

High-quality and unheated pink sapphires have a small output and large crystal sizes are rare. Therefore pink sapphires exceeding 1 carat are quite scarce and the price increase significantly based on the size. As a consequence, even pink sapphires used by high end jewelry brands such as Tiffany and Cartier usually do not exceed 1 carat.

Spinel pink

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Source: Tiffany Pink Spinel Wave Ring

  • a wide color range
  • mainly produced in Tanzania
  • moderate prices

The spinel has always been a non-negligible species of colored gemstones with a very wide color range, including various shades from red, pink, purple to blue.

At present, the hot pink spinel is mainly produced in the Mahenge mining area in Tanzania. The spinel produced here is different from that of Myanmar in that the main hue is a sweet and cut pink instead of red.

In addition, its price is moderate and within the reach of most enthusiasts. This is another reason why it is shining in the gem market in recent years!

Tourmaline pink

  • the “Romantic Stone”
  • a rich variety in the shades of pink
  • relatively brittle and fragile
  • moderate prices

Tourmaline: the rainbow that fell into the earth

In 1500, a Portuguese exploration team discovered a gem in Brazil that glowed with colorful neon lights. This gem hidden at the foot of the rainbow that day was therefore called tourmaline by future generations, also known as “the rainbow that fell into the earth“.

At present, tourmaline together with ruby, sapphire, aquamarine, tanzanite, emerald, is classified as precious gemstones, which is deeply loved by the public and have huge market values.

The tourmaline has bright and vivid colors like the rainbow, which gives people a happy and cheerful feeling, helps to expand their minds and horizons, and has a certain auxiliary treatment effect for curing mental illness such as depression.

Tourmalines have the most abundant colors among all kinds of gems. Thanks to its complex composition, among which iron, magnesium, lithium, manganese, aluminum and other elements can be replaced with one another, the combination and quantity of each ion directly affect the colors of tourmalines.

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Source: Bvlgari, Ashistudio

Pink tourmaline

Known as the “Romantic Stone”, the pink tourmaline possesses the tenderness, fantasy, and energy that other gemstones cannot compete. It also has a rich variety in the shades of pink due to its extensive color layer caused by the lithium contained in the gem.

Care and maintenance

The first trick is to put tourmaline jewelry in the box separately from others when you don’t wear them. Do not let your jewelry rub and impact one another, causing unnecessary loss.

Secondly, since the hardness of tourmaline is relatively high, i.e. 7-8, the stone itself is relatively brittle and fragile, afraid of falling and clash. Therefore, unless you are wearing a totally pure and flawless tourmaline, try not to wear during strenuous exercise or heavy work, so as to avoid breaking the gemstone.

Thirdly, it is a good habit to regularly check and repair your tourmaline jewelry in time. Go to a professional on a periodic basis to check your tourmaline jewelry so to resolve any issues.

In the end

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