Pink gemstones are a pretty and dainty choice of stones for jewelry. A soft warm hue, pink is not necessarily a color for women and girls alone, but always works fabulously with white apparels and pastel clothing — even for men. Pink gems confer upon an outfit the bright yet gentle sparkles of a softened red. Do you know the different pink stones used in jewelry? Here is a list of pink jewels as well as rose rocks, arranged from the most valuable to the more affordable.
- 1 Pink Diamond
- 2 Pink Sapphire
- 3 Poudretteite
- 4 Pink Topaz
- 5 Pink Pearl
- 6 Pink Zoisite
- 7 Pink Spinel
- 8 Rhodochrosite
- 9 Pink Zircon
- 10 Pink Tourmaline
- 11 Morganite
- 12 Pink Apatite
- 13 Pink Garnet
- 14 Kunzite
- 15 Rhodonite
- 16 Pink Scapolite
- 17 Pink Fluorite
- 18 Pink Smithsonite
- 19 Rose Quartz
- 20 Pink Cobalto Calcite
- 21 Pink Orthoclase
- 22 Pink Kona Dolomite
- 23 Peach Moonstone
- 24 Pink Agate
Though most popular in white, diamond also occurs as pink stones. Like other diamonds, the pink rocks are the hardest of minerals, and boost of an extremely high refractive index, making the pink crystals shine brilliantly. A rather very rare variety, the pink diamond is the most valuable of pink gemstones, with a sale made in 2009 for $2.16M/carat.
Though most popular in blue, sapphire also occurs as pink stones. Sapphire is corundum occurring in all colors but red, which is known as ruby. In fact, corundum that is a shade less red than ruby is immediately called sapphire, that is to say, pink sapphire, which is the second most expensive of pink gemstones.
Still, the value of this pink precious stone lies in its resemblance to ruby; hence, the closer the pink is to the red of ruby, the higher the value of the pink rock. Sapphire is also found in a rare orange-pink variety called padparadscha, as well as star sapphires, which display six-rayed asterism. Though traditionally the birthstone of April, sapphire in general is the modern birthstone for September. Beside Taurus, sapphire is also associated with the zodiac signs Sagittarius and Pisces.
Poudretteite is one of the most expensive pink gemstones in the world on account of its rarity. The price of this very rare pink jewel can be as high as $3,000 per carat. Discovered in 1987 in Quebec, Canada, the pink gem was named after the Poudretteite family, who operated a quarry in the area where the gemstone was first found. The pink stone is now also found in Burma.
Though most popular in yellow, orange and blue, topaz also occurs as pink stones. These pink crystals come from the variety of topaz called imperial topaz. The pink jewel is rather very rare. Hence, whilst other colors comes cheap, pink topaz is one of the most expensive of pink gemstones, with prices of up to $2,500 a carat. Topaz is the traditional birthstone for November. In astrology, topaz is associated with Sagittarius.
Though most popular in white, pearls are also found as pink stones. A product of biological process instead of geological, the pink gems can be obtained from the oyster Pinctada maxima, whose pearls are popularly known as South Sea pearls. Yet the name pink pearl is usually applied to the extremely rare pearls of the queen conch, a large sea snail that sometimes produces pearls between its mantle and shell.
Beside its popular blue variety tanzanite, zoisite also occurs as pink stones, which is usually sold in the market as “pink tanzanite.” The pink crystals are likewise transparent in clarity, and glassy in luster. A major variety of the pink gem is thulite, which is a manganese-bearing zoisite. Sometimes the name thulite is used to refer to any pink zoisite.
Though most popular in red, spinel also occurs as pink stones. Spinel has frequently been made a substitute to ruby. As in the case of ruby, red spinel is more valuable compared to the pink crystal. Indeed, pink spinel shares the same fate as pink sapphire in relation to the red variety of their respective mineral.
Rhodochrosite is a gemstone that in pure form is rose-red in color. Due to impurities, rhodochrosite is usually found as pink stones, which may have bands of white. This pink gemstone gets its color from the inclusion of manganese. The pink stone itself is used mainly as manganese ore. Rhodochrosite is the national gemstone of Argentina, and the state gem of the US state of Colorado.
Zircon is a hard, brilliant gemstone frequently made a substitute to diamond due to the former’s excellent quality. Though most popular in blue, zircon also occurs as pink stones. Zircon in general is a traditional birthstone for the month of December. In astrology, zircon is associated with the zodiac sign Virgo.
A gemstone found in all the colors of the rainbow, tourmaline also occurs as pink stones. The pink crystals come from the species of tourmaline called elbaite, and are closely related to the red elbaite variety known as rubellite. The pink crystal can also be found as part of the bi-colored watermelon tourmaline, the other color being green. Of the tourmaline varieties, the pink gem is rather very popular, proof of which is the express designation of pink tourmaline as the modern birthstone for October. In astrology, tourmaline is associated with the zodiac sign Leo.
Known as emerald when green, beryl also occurs as pink stones, which are called morganite. The pink jewels vary in shade from light pink to rose. Peach stones from the beryl mineral are also found. Beryl in general is the ancient Italian and Russian birthstone for October. In astrology, beryl is the birthstone for Scorpio.
Apatite is a phosphorous-rich mineral primarily used in the manufacture of fertilizer. Though most commonly green, apatite also occurs as pink stones. This pink gemstone is transparent to translucent in clarity, and glassy in luster. Apatite has a hardness of 5 in the Mohs scale.
Found in virtually all colors, garnet also occurs as pink stones. These pink crystals come from several species of garnet minerals, namely, almandine, spessartine, pyrope and grossular. Garnet in general is the birthstone for January. In astrology, garnet is the birthstone of the zodiac sign Aquarius.
Beside lilac, kunzite also occurs as pink stones. Kunzite is the name given to the lilac or pink stone of the mineral spodumene. This pink crystal gets its color from the inclusion of manganese into the otherwise colorless mineral. Kunzite was named after the jeweler George Frederick Kunz.
Though the color can be deep as to appear rose red, rhodonite occurs as pink stones. These pink crystals vary in shade from light pink to rose pink. The pink gemstone is glassy in luster, and transparent to translucent in clarity. The pink stone is hard too, with hardness pegged at 5.5 to 6.5 in the Mohs scale.
Beside blue and yellow, scapolite also occurs as pink stones. These pink crystals come from the component of scapolite called marialite. The pink stone is glassy in luster, and transparent in clarity. Due to its rarity, the pink crystal is usually used as collector’s stone as much as gemstone for jewelry.
Found in various colors, fluorite also occurs as pink stones, which are a rare variety of the mineral. This pink gemstone can be vivid in color and “fluorescent” — a word that originated from the name of the stone itself. The weakness of this pink crystal lies in its hardness, which is pegged at 4 in the Mohs scale.
Smithsonite is a mineral ore of zinc. Beside green and blue, smithsonite also occurs as pink stones. This pink gemstone is translucent in clarity, with glassy or pearly luster. The pink semi-precious stone has a hardness of only 4.5 in the Mohs scale, making the mineral relatively soft for jewelry.
Although colorless in pure form, quartz also occurs as pink stones, popularly known as rose quartz. Varying in shade from pale pink to rose, this pink gemstone is translucent in clarity, and can sometimes have a cat’s eye effect. When found in crystal form, the pink stone is called pink quartz, which is more valuable than the often cloudy rose quartz. In astrology, the rose quartz is the birthstone of the zodiac sign Taurus.
Pink Cobalto Calcite
Calcite is a mineral that occurs in transparent crystals of glassy luster, but are very soft, with hardness pegged at only 3 in the Mohs scale, making the mineral unsuitable for jewelry. On the other hand, pink crystals of calcite are actually used in jewelry. This pink stone comes in a druzy, and set in jewelry in a manner that protects the soft gemstone from external impact.
Orthoclase is a feldspar mineral that is a major component of another gemstone called moonstone. Beside white and yellow, orthoclase also occurs as pink stones. This pink gemstone is transparent to translucent in clarity and glassy in luster, with a hardness of 6 in the Mohs scale.
Pink Kona Dolomite
Kona dolomite is an ancient rock that holds fossil algae formations. Over 2 billion years in age, this rock has a wide variety of colors, including pink. The gemstone cut from this rock — which may have banding, mottling and lacing — was named after the Kona Hills of Michigan, US, where the ancient rock is found.
Moonstone is a gemstone that refracts light between its alternate layers of feldspar, giving the stone the look of glowing from within. Though most popular in white, moonstone also occurs as pink stones. While the gemstone goes by the name peach moonstone in the gem trade, the shade of color can be closer to pink than orange. Moonstone in general is a birthstone for June. In astrology, moonstone is the birthstone of the zodiac sign Cancer.
Agate is the banded variety of chalcedony, which is the opaque or translucent form of quartz. Some agate varieties, including crazy-lace agate, are found with pink bands in them. Agate in general is a traditional birthstone for May and June. In astrology, this semiprecious stone is the birthstone for Gemini.
Pink Gemstones in Jewelry
Do you like to wear pink gems in your jewelry? Pink gemstones are bright yet gentle ornaments suitable for white or pastel clothing, while standing out against a black attire.
Featured image credit: Pink tourmaline ring by Doronenko via Wikimedia Commons