Pretty in Pink

intablogEngagement Rings, Pink Sapphires

Love is in the air this upcoming February as Valentine’s Day approaches. And what better way to express your love and affection than with a gorgeous pink sapphire and diamond jewelry!

While many people associate sapphires with the color blue, pink sapphires have been gaining popularity in recent years. Due to their lovely color and generally excellent clarity, pink sapphires are now on par with blue sapphires in terms of their popular demand. They range in a wide variety of tones from baby pink to hot pink, all of which are equally attractive and hugely popular. Nonetheless, the ones with a more intense tone of color (i.e. hot pink) are rarer and thus command a higher price. What gives pink sapphires their lovely color are trace amounts of chromium. And if their is an extremely high content of chromium, then the stone would be red in color and considered a ruby.

Besides the qualities of hue, tone, saturation, and clarity, the size of a pink sapphire also bears a major impact on its price. Pink sapphires below and around one carat weight are quite common whereas larger pieces over 4 carats are very rare.
Like their blue counterparts, pink sapphires also make great alternatives to diamond because of their hardness rating of a 9 out of 10 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale (10 being the hardest substance-a diamond). And pink sapphires are natural stones a part of the corundum mineral family. And although it is a natural colored gemstone, like almost all gemstones, it is heat-treated (a commonly safe practice done to 90% of gemstones to enhance the color).
So for this Valentine’s Day, make pink sapphires the number one choice for the perfect romantic and sweet gift to give your loved one. It will definitely be a Valentine’s Day that she’ll always remember. For more information on pink sapphires or to see a selection, please contact INTA Gems & Diamonds at 213-689-9650.
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