Pink Sapphire Wedding Rings
by Lars Larsen
March 29, 2011 / Wedding Rings
Pink sapphire is a popular choice of gemstone for wedding rings. They come is a variety of shades of pink and colour intensity. At Larsen Jewellery, we specialise in custom made wedding rings and can show you a variety of pink sapphires to choose from. Click here to view a selection of our wedding ring designs. Our jewellery stores are based in Sydney and Melbourne and we are open on weekends as well.
Pink sapphire is one of the most highly regarded and valuable of the fancy coloured sapphires. The most prized being the extremely rare pinkish-orange variety known as padparadscha. In some Asian markets, pink sapphires are sold as pale rubies, however in western markets pink sapphires are considered to be their own sub-category of sapphire with its own set of merits. It is debatable whether some deep pinkish-red sapphires should be called pink sapphires or ruby. There is no clear dividing line to this matter although if a stone is decidedly red with strong pink overtones, this stone would be classified as a ruby. Some pink sapphires have secondary tones of violet and depending on the intensity of the secondary shade may be called ‘lavender’ or ‘violet sapphire’. As the shade of violet becomes more pronounced into increasing shades of purple, this type of sapphire is called ‘purple sapphire’. Some intensely purple sapphires can possess the colour-change phenomenon similar to that seen in alexandrite.
Traditionally the main source of pink to lavender and purple sapphire was found in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Although this variety of sapphire is still mined there, larger quantities are now being mined in Madagascar and some coastal East African countries.