I get it. Valentine’s Day is made up by conglomerates and ‘pink is for girls’ is a social construct which does not represent individual predilection.
But who doesn’t like to receive a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day? And I can no longer question how I got to loving pink because the fact is that like most girls I am helplessly, desperately in love with this gorgeous color.
Made up or not, any reason to celebrate love and life must be embraced. So, whether you’re here on a quest to find the perfect Valentine’s present for someone special, or you have decided to be the main character of your own story and want to pamper yourself with some much-needed self-love, let these pink gemstones pave the way.
While blue sapphires are the most famous variety, sapphires are actually available in a multitude of colors. Pink sapphires are wildly popular and have emerged as a top pick for engagement rings in the past few years. The shades of a pink sapphire can range from intense hot pink to baby pink.
Some pink sapphires have a purplish-reddish hue and are categorized as bubble gum pink sapphires. While color saturation is key, a darker shade of pink isn’t necessarily more valuable than a lighter pink. In fact, pastel-shaded gemstones are highly coveted. Madagascar is the most abundant source of pink sapphires.
Morganite is a variety of beryl that was discovered in Madagascar in 1910. Morganites are geologically rarer than diamonds, yet they cost a lot less due to lack of demand. While the former is still relatively less known, it has taken the modern engagement ring market by storm, with millennials transfixed by its distinct creamy, pastel pink color.
Morganites go especially well with rose gold, another favorite of the times. While morganites are yet to create the media frenzy they deserve, their beauty is uncontested. Any piece of morganite jewelry looks like it has stepped out from the annals of ancient aristocracy. Like something Daisy would pair with a flapper dress while carousing through Gatsby’s grand parties.
Also known as rubellite, pink tourmaline is the October birthstone and is counted among the finest pink gemstones known to man. Tourmalines can be dichroic or trichroic, having more than one color in a single crystal. For instance, a watermelon Tourmaline is drenched in hues of green and pink, resulting in a truly unique gemstone. If the watermelon sugar high is too much for you, a single shade of pink should do the trick.
Pink Tourmalines rank pretty high on the Mohs scale of hardness which is used to test the durability of a gemstone. Therefore, Pink Tourmaline can be easily set in any type of jewelry.
Before you bring out the pitchfork and scream “blue is for boys”, take a closer look at the stone. Its color ranges from blue to lilac and sometimes this gemstone can be very very purple. Even the shade of purple can range from a mere blush of lavender to lilac tones with subtle red traces. In very rare cases, tanzanite can also be pink. Yes, we are bending the rules a little, but purple and pink are like close cousins (who share cute outfits and family secrets) and because we can!
More importantly, Tanzanite is an extremely rare and precious gemstone. The foothills of Kilimanjaro are its only reserves known to man and they are being exhausted readily. If the gemstone really does get over, wouldn’t it be so romantic to present your love with one of the rarest pieces of the earth? If you want to take off the rosy tint of romance and consider things practically, tanzanite is a great investment opportunity. Sorry, Beyonce, but I prefer to be wise in love.
As I said we are bending the rules a little and purple & pink are like close cousins, let’s take a quick look at lavender spinel. Many of us know about its red counterpart because of its popularity. But lavender spinel is a more rare variant that radiates a soft purple-pink tone, reminiscent of a tranquil lavender field under the twilight sky. This gemstone emanates a peerless charisma that mesmerizes admirers looking for an alternative to more traditional pink gemstones.
Mystical and understated, lavender spinel captures a surreal essence, ideal for those seeking a modern yet elegant touch in their jewelry repertoire. Its subtle color variation, spanning from pastel purples to pale pinks, grants it a versatile allure suitable for numerous jewelry designs.