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Gemstone Picks: Thinking Pink

Light and unapologetically pretty, pink gems are practically blushing.

Sometimes red is just too much and white isn’t quite right. Finding a space in between, pink is more than just pretty — it can, by turns, be demure, fresh, light or moody. Pink gemstones look fantastic set in any metal or in any style.

Against white gold or platinum, it can be striking and sophisticated. Pink gems and yellow gold create a subtle contrast. And marry pink gems with rose gold for a warm melding of tones.


Natural pink diamonds are extremely rare, but also extremely beautiful. Most natural pink diamonds come from Western Australia, but there are mines in Africa, Brazil and India. They can vary from a light clear pink to darker pinks with secondary tones. Some non-pink diamonds can be treated through high-pressure/high-temperature treatments, irradiation and annealing. Any treated diamond should be disclosed.

Ruby or pink sapphire

Though the classic color of ruby is a deep dark red, ruby has a lighter side. Pink rubies may also be called pink sapphire, since both gems are a variety of corundum in the sapphire family. No matter what someone calls them, these gems are beautiful in any type of jewelry, and look fabulous when accented by white diamonds.


You may find pink garnets called by two names: Rhodolite and pyrope garnet. Basically, the gem crystals are a mix of different elements and how much and how many of those elements determine the different colors. Garnets are affordable and easy to find in a wide variety of jewelry.


Morganite isn’t as well known as some of its pink siblings, but it’s truly a beauty. Some prefer it in a pale pink, while the darker rose colors have their fans. It can have a clarity rivaling that of a fine diamond, but many Morganite fans value the natural inclusions.

Rose quartz

Rose quartz is usually a dusty pink, and is opaque or translucent. Rose quartz is called the “heart stone,” something to keep in mind come Valentine’s Day.

Pink tourmaline

Pink tourmaline can range from a light pastel pink to a dark pink verging on red. Rubellite is a term referring to a certain color range of red or pink tourmalines; rubellite tourmaline does not change color between natural or artificial light. Pink tourmaline not called rubellite may have a slight color change in artificial light, having more of a brown undertone.


Historically, red and pink spinel was often confused with ruby, while blue spinel was misidentified as sapphire. However, they have distinctly different compositions. Pink spinel ranges from bright to pale pink.


Don’t forget about pearls. Along with the expected white or black, pearls come in all colors. Pink pearls look especially fresh, and look wonderful on all skin tones.

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