Diamond rings may be the preferred choice for brides all over the world, but that doesn’t mean you should opt for a traditional stone. Give the classic engagement ring a little update by choosing a pink sapphire, which is the perfect unique piece for your wedding look. Plus, because of its strength and durability, pink sapphire rings are a great choice for a piece of jewelry that you will wear every day.
What is pink sapphire?
Pink sapphire is a precious colored stone. “Pink sapphires are really interesting stones because they are part of the same gem family as rubies, and when the saturation and color of a pink sapphire becomes a deeper pink-red, the stone is classified as a ruby,” explains jeweler Anna Strode.
Moreover, Anna notes that the color of pink sapphires ranges from pale pink to such a deep pink that it almost appears purple or red. This is a beautiful and unique engagement ring option that pairs well with brides-to-be who appreciate a bold yet understated aesthetic.
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Anna Strod is a jeweler and owner of myjewels.ru store.
History of pink sapphires
Pink sapphires actually have a glamorous history. “Throughout history, pink sapphires have symbolized love and been associated with royalty. Royal people adorned themselves with sapphires not only as a sign of wealth, but also to protect the owner from envy and harm. It is also noted that pink sapphires should bring harmony between lovers and peace between enemies. Another popular belief is that sapphires have healing properties, increase strength and health, and protect against disease and poisons.
Pros and Cons of a Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring
A significant benefit of a pink sapphire engagement ring is that these stones are almost as hard as diamonds. They are rated nine on the Mohs scale (which rates a material’s hardness on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the hardest). This makes it the hardest mineral after diamond, which has a rating of 10.” Since you will most likely be wearing your engagement ring every day, it’s best to have a mineral that is as hard as possible and can handle the daily rigors.
If you want a unique piece then pink sapphire is just what you need, these stones can vary greatly in color giving them a unique feel. “Pink sapphires range in color from red to purple in light tones, from low to bright saturation,” Anna says, and most importantly, pink sapphires are a more affordable option compared to diamond.”
As for the cons? “I don’t see any downsides to a pink sapphire engagement ring, unless you like the color pink. Because they are so strong and durable, their advantages and disadvantages really come down to personal preference.”
What to Look for in a Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring
Look for a pink sapphire that doesn’t have a lot of inclusions (the material found in the mineral). “Inclusions are a natural part of sapphires (in fact, they determine that they are not synthetic!), but it is ideal to use sapphire with minimal inclusions so that they do not detract from the beauty of the stone,” Anna says. She recommends buying a stone from a trusted jeweler to find the best quality.
What metals and cuts go well with pink sapphires?
The choice of metal for pink sapphire depends on personal preference. “I think it looks great in a yellow gold setting,” says Anna. The cut is also a matter of preference, although I like these gemstones in either cushion or oval shape.
How do you tell if a pink sapphire is high quality?
According to Anna, a high-quality stone will be bright, with bright saturation and a very good luster. It must be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity that describes the quality of the stone, carat weight, and shape. She also recommends buying natural, untreated stone. “Many sapphires can be processed to turn inexpensive corundum into the vibrant fancy colors that people desire but at a lower cost,” she says.
How much do pink sapphires usually cost?
While the value ultimately depends on the cut and carat weight, you can expect these stones to generally be cheaper than diamonds. “Fine quality pink sapphires in the one to two carat range typically cost $500 to $800 per carat, while two to three carat pink sapphires typically cost $1 to $5,000 per carat,” says An-Lee. “Intense pinks, especially from Sri Lanka and Myanmar, are rare, highly sought after, and command the highest prices per carat.”