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Pink Sapphire


Pink Sapphire is the name given to the pink variety of corundum, red corundum being known in English speaking countries as ruby, blue corundum as sapphire, and any other shades as sapphire combined with the appropriate color: pink sapphire, yellow sapphire, green sapphire, etc.
Pink sapphire and ruby are regarded as two different varieties, despite the fact that the only difference is their depth of color. The same does not apply to tourmaline, both the pink and red forms of which are known as rubellite, or to sapphire and emerald, which keep their names even for paler specimens.

Pink Sapphires

 

 

Appearance of Pink Sapphire

Pink Sapphire from Sri LankaPink sapphire may range from a very delicate, pleasing, lively pink, without any overtones, to pink with a slight violet tinge; but all gradations of color are possible, from those tending toward ruby to those tending toward violet sapphire. Like all forms of corundum, it has very good luster. It is normally given a mixed, oval cut and sometimes has fine inclusions and liquid veils in lace like formations are characteristic of the corundum of Srilanka from where most pink sapphires comes. Stones of several carats are normal, but specimens of 10 carats or more are rare.


Distinctive Features

Pink sapphires’ most striking characteristic is its luster, common to all corundum and most noticeable in light-colored specimens. It is usually, though not always, a livelier, more attractive color than tourmaline, and is often the case with paler stones, the physical characteristics generally have to be measured to tell them apart. In the case of pink stones, measurement of the density by means of heavy liquids may be sufficient.


Occurrence of Pink Sapphires

Pink sapphire comes almost exclusively from Sri Lanka; much more rarely from Burma.


Value

Although the minor varieties of corundum are always a lot less valuable than rubies and sapphires, pink sapphire is highly prized than the yellow, green and violet varieties, as it is so attractive. It is one of the most valuable secondary gems.

 

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