Pink gemstones: Who would be your valentine?

Close up of Sara Sampaio wearing a 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.

Chalcedony: moderate pricing, popular

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The crystal of this stone is opaque to translucent, with a hardness of 6-8 and a specific gravity of 2.581.  Chalcedony colors vary depending on its components, categories including purple chalcedony, onyx, light chalcedony, red or pink chalcedony, and green chalcedony, etc. All are very popular!

Meanings of chalcedony

Chalcedony is said to be a symbol of the moon and has a close relationship with water, and therefore helps prevent accidents, especially water-related ones.

The ancient Romans believed that wearing chalcedony could avoid evil and prevent the invasion of witchcraft. Therefore, it is a lucky stone for people who travel frequently, keeping the wearer safe and helping them deal with negative energy.

Chalcedony is able to eliminate depression, fear and hysteria, and other sad emotions.  This stone also helps the wearer to get rid of unnecessary material things that have nothing to do with spirituality, and therefore reduces burdens in the brain.

Pink diamond: very rare, pricey and high investment values

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Pink diamonds are one of the most precious and expensive pink gemstones. They are also 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 above.

Kunzite, a variance of Spodumene: stable, high and steadily increasing prices

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Tiffany & Co Clip « Bird on a Rock » Jean Schlumberger: platinum, 18 carat gold, kunzite/ pinkish purple spodumene, diamonds and sapphire, check here.

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

Price range

  • high and steadily increasing prices: $100-700
  • great investment values


Kunzite is one og the most valuable and insteresting pink gemstones. It 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.

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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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.

Garnet: rich, intense, and enduring colors and symbolic importance

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There are six species of garnets that are recognized, including Andradite, Grossularite, Spessarite, Pyrope, Uvarovite and Almandine. Apart from these six categories, there are also eleven garnet varieties which have different colors and other unique properties.

Pyrope including Rhodolite tends to be red or pink. Pyrope garnets have a unique red color similar ruby and possess a higher refractive index, which is responsible for its brilliance.

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Garnet has rich, intense, and enduring colors and symbolic importance. It is a beautiful gemstone that hides many more unique qualities behind its pretty exterior. Garnet, as the birthstone of January, symbolizes power and strength of the wearer, and is known for bringing peace, good health and prosperity in the lives of people and homes.

Morganite: subtle, soft, pinky and expensive

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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.

Rose quartz: rose-like pinkish, affordable, the love stone

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Rose quartz is one of the most typical and popular pink gemstones. 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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Pink sapphire: known for the sweetness and softness

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

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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

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.

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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.

Rhodochrosite: an exquisite translucent, rose-like color

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The word rhodochrosite is a combination of two Greek words: rose and color. It is often pink in color with creamy white stripes; Aptly named “Cupid”, rhodochrosite brings good luck to the wearer.

Natural rhodochrosite is also known as Inca Rose, as most of the Rhodochrosite is from the Andes, the prosperous region of the Inca Empire, and has an exquisite translucent, rose-like color.

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Pink spinel: a wide color range, moderate prices

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Source: Tiffany Pink Spinel Wave Ring.

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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!

Pink Topaz: hard, transparent, really beautiful colors

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Topaz is a November birthstone and a gemstone for the sixteenth anniversary of marriage. It symbolizes friendship and happiness.

The topaz is hard, has a high degree of transparency, a good reflective effect and really beautiful colors; there it has been popular for a long time.

The color is the most important criterion for evaluating such a November birthstone, preferably to be intense, pure and uniformed. It is mainly caused by the iron or chromium in the crystal and different colors have different values.

A typical topaz is yellow or burgundy, other colors including pink, blue, white, gray and green and transparent. Among them, pink topaz has relatively higher values and prices.

Meanings of topaz

The ancient Greeks believed that the powder of topaz can be used to make wine in order to treat asthma, insomnia, burns and bleeding. In addition, topaz can regulate the lymphatic function, improving problems related to the respiratory tract, trachea, and throat. Topaz also helps digestion, strengthens the stomach and intestines, and helps eliminate abdominal fat.

Currently we believe topaz can be worn as an amulet to eliminate sorrow and increase confidence; Wearing it as a pendant is said to help make us emotionally stable, and avoid nightmares.

Pink tourmaline: relatively brittle and fragile, affordable

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.

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.

Zircon: many colors, cheap prices

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So many colors!

While perusing birthstones by month, you’ll have an easy time setting your sights on a stone that comes in so many colors, you may feel unlimited choices as you browse Zircons. These gems come in white, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink, purple, gray or colorless.

Whatever the color, you will give a gem that’s an impressive 7.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale (10 is hardest). Colorless zircons can look just like diamonds, but the price tag will probably give the secret away.

A “stone of virtue.”

You couldn’t give more meanings to a birthstone for December. The name Zircon originated in Persia where Zircons served all sorts of purposes. Known as the “stone of virtue,” they are still used in the practice of Far Eastern religions and believers say that the right Zircon can impact specific chakras.

Said to help wearers hone their intuition, Zircons are reputed to keep the wearer spiritually grounded and help them hone their psychic communication skills, too.


You can find inexpensive zirzon stones running as little as $35 per carat up to $400 per carat for the highest quality stones in hard-to-find colors. This price range is great news for budget-constrained gift givers.

Conclusion on pink gemstones

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Featured image: Graff pink diamond high jewellery ring.

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