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Pink Sapphire Jewelry

Pink is a giggle, a smile and everything that is little girls. It symbolizes innocence, purity and femininity. The pink sapphire encompasses all of these things. While blue is definitely the most widely known and the most popular, there are other colors known as fancy sapphires. Other than pink, the fancies include yellow, orange, purple and a bluish-green shade. Pink is one of the most popular of the fancy stones.

What makes a Sapphire Pink?

First of all, it is important to know what a sapphire is. This gemstone is one of the original precious gemstones and is a member of the corundum family. Pressure and heat deep within the earth created these gemstones eons ago from aluminum oxide present in the earth. Trace particles of metals mixed in with the aluminum oxide are what create the variety of colored corundum. Chrome is what gives the ruby is red shade and it is also what gives the pink sapphire its blush. The difference is the amount of chrome that finds it way into the mix.

Where are Pink Sapphires Found?

The first deposits came out of Asia- Sri Lanka, Burma and Vietnam. However, the supply was small so finding this blushing gemstone on the market was rare. But, in the 90s there was a boom in the market when huge deposits were found in Madagascar. Another major find occurred in Brazil so there should be no shortage of pink sapphire earrings and other pieces.

Pinks and Reds

Now, because they are the exact same mineral, is a pink sapphire or is it a pale ruby? In a way, it's both. In the corundum family, every color but red is considered a sapphire and the red is considered a ruby. Technically, pink is a shade of red so either name could be correct. Typically, the difference between the two is that rubies range from deep red to a lighter shade with pink tints. The stones called pink sapphire tend to be shades of pastel pink with maybe even some undertones of purple. Sometimes a stone is heat-treated in a lab to bring out a deeper shade of pink.

The differentiation between the shades didn't even exist until very early into the 1900s. Before then, the pink stones were classified as rubies. After wards, they became pink sapphires. Today, the Gemological Institute of America has eliminated the distinction. The stones are still referred to as pink sapphires and sometimes as pink rubies. But, does it really matter what they are called? Not unless specifically owning a pink sapphire or a ruby is important. Otherwise, the stones are the same- the name is just different.

Special Days and Occasions

According to the official birthstone chart created in 1912 by the American National Association of Jewelers, Sapphire is designated as the birthstone for September. Yes, most people think of blue when they think of this gemstone, but for a true rebel who relishes being different, a birthday gift of a pink sapphire ring is perfect. These fancy stones also come in fancy cuts which are fun and unusual. Another special occasion befitting of a pink sapphire gift is the 45th wedding anniversary.

Now, the ruby is the gemstone for Valentine's Day, but a pink sapphire necklace is also a great way to show love on this day. A pink heart-shaped stone is sweet, romantic and it's different.

Pink Sapphire Lore, Legend and Other Stuff

Sapphires are one of the four original precious stones and have been around for thousands of years. Ancient cultures often attributed mystical powers to gemstones and sapphire is no different. This classic gemstone was referenced in Greek mythology with Prometheus wearing the gemstone. In India, it is still believed that wearing it keeps evil spirits away. Not a bad incentive to don a lovely pink sapphire necklace, huh?

Again, because of its long history and supposed mystical properties, the sapphire is also referenced in astrology. It is supposed to be lucky for Taurus, the planetary stone for Libra and the astrological birthstone for Pisces.

How to Care for Pink Sapphire Jewelry

The diamond is the hardest mineral with a rank of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness. The sapphire is next in line with a rank of 9. This means that taking care of this precious gem is easy. Soaking it in warm soapy water and scrubbing with a soft brush can be done at home. At the jewelry store, they can be placed in an ultrasonic cleaner which uses agitation and heat to remove the grime. A steamer can also be used to blast away the dirt.

Though they are very hard and can be worn everyday, don't try to chip or crack a pink sapphire necklace to test its strength because, while it is not likely, they can break.

Pink is sweet and pure- it makes people smile. It is also kind of girly. Pink sapphire earrings, bracelet or some other piece makes a great gift for a little girl, a debutant, a young bride and even for a mother or grandmother. The blushing gemstone in the box will bring a blush to her face.