Pink sapphire are are one of the many varities of coloured sapphire related to the well known blue sapphire. Pink sapphires are also a part of the mineral group known as corundum and are found around the world with the most important deposits including Burma, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Madagascar.
Pink sapphires tend to vary in colour depending on their origin though there is vast overlap. Because of the variation in chromium transition elements and other elements the colour of pink sapphire can tend towards orange or purple. For this reason pink sapphires can come in apricot, peach, ‘Padparadcha’, lavender and every colour in between.
Interestingly the colour strength of pink sapphire depends on the chromium content. Because ruby and pink sapphire are the same mineral, and there is a whole spectrum of saturation possible, there is often argument as to whether a gem is a ruby or a pink sapphire.
Loose Pink Sapphires
We have a large range of sapphires in stock at any one time. Many are loose and you can help design your own jewellery, but also many are already made up in to stunning jewellery. Come in to any of our stores to have a look!
Pink Sapphire Jewellery
Facts and Lore
|Cause of Colour \||Transition Chromium|
|Density \||3.98 – 4.06|
|Wedding Anniversary \||45th & 65th|
The word sapphire originates in French, Latin, Greek and Hebrew and has been a historically significant gemstone for thousands of years. In its most pure form sapphire is perfectly colourless but takes on transitional elements during formation to give it various tones of colour – blue being the most common.
Sapphire is commonly synthesied in a number of common techniques and is often used for commercial purposes like watch glasses, coatings to increase durability of products and in electronics. Synthetic sapphire for jewellery is very inexpensive and has been used for a century.
Pink sapphires are prized for their vivid pink colour and the most exquisite examples are a straight pink (with no secondary overtones) hue with no eye visible inclusions, bright and well saturated. Unusual forms of sapphire like cats eyes, star sapphires, colour change sapphires and bi-coloured (parti-sapphires) are also found.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings
When we hear the word sapphire, we immediately think of the colour blue. While blue is the most common colour associated with sapphires, there’s a whole range of alternate colours, including the much coveted pink sapphire.
Pink sapphire engagement rings have seen a rise in popularity as of late. Nothing complements an engagement proposal quite like the perfect pink sapphire engagement ring. To help you decide on whether or not this is the ring for you, we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions and answers below.
What makes pink sapphire special?
Sapphires are derived from corundum, a crystallised form of aluminium oxide, with their colours determined by a concentration of minerals. Also derived from corundum are rubies, which are the same mineral as sapphires, only they also contain higher amounts of chromium that give them their deep red hue.
Pink sapphires exist as a middle ground between rubies and sapphires. They are still made of corundum, but they do not contain enough chromium to be designated as rubies. Like all other colour variants of sapphires, pink sapphires come in a wide range of hues and saturations, from bright baby pink, to magenta, to an orange/pink gradient like the extremely rare padparadscha sapphire.
Who wears pink sapphire?
Many couples have opted for a pink sapphire engagement ring as opposed to diamonds. This can be for a variety of reasons including aesthetics and budget. Notable celebrities whose engagement rings contain a pink sapphire include Kate Perry, Princess Eugenie of York and Lady Gaga.
Many choose to get their pink sapphire encased in a platinum or white gold band in order to emphasise the richness of the gemstone. Rose gold can be used as well in order to give the ring a warmer colour palette.
Why may a pink sapphire engagement ring be right for you?
A pink sapphire engagement ring sounds like the perfect way to symbolise a romantic relationship and it is not too big of a stretch to see why it might be right for you. Some of the reasons may include
- If you’re looking for a slightly less durable but much more affordable alternative to a pink diamond engagement ring.
- If you’re looking for a less intense version of a ruby.
- If you’re looking for a less conventional and rarer gemstone than the more typical diamond engagement ring.
How much do pink sapphire rings cost?
At Holdsworth Bros. our price range for pink sapphire rings is ticketed at approximately $1,100-$8,450 AUD. There are many different factors that influence the cost of a blue sapphire ring, such as:
- The shape of the gemstone (i.e. round, cut, etc.)
- The colour and shade of the gemstone
- Any accompanying gemstones
- The alloy of the band
- Any colour zoning
- Whether the gemstone has received “heat treatment” to bring out its colour
Do pink sapphires get cloudy?
Pink sapphires can sometimes contain small liquid-filled spaces known as silk inclusions. These form in the corundum that the sapphires are mined from and they can give a pink sapphire a cloudy appearance. This might lower the value of the sapphire, but it is a natural inclusion that shows the gem is of natural origin and perhaps even where it was mined.
How much is a pink sapphire ring?
At Holdsworth Bros. Jewellers, we stock high quality pink sapphire engagement rings. Contact us so we can help you find the ideal engagement ring for your perfect proposal.