Pink gemstones have been in vogue ever since Ben Affleck proposed to Jennifer Lopez in 2002 with a 6 carat pink diamond. Even though the Hollywood power couple’s romance didn’t quite stand the test of time, the fad they kicked off is still in full swing. It seems like everyone wants a pink diamond.
Pink gemstones are a classic expression of feminine fashion. Unfortunately, the high price tag for natural pink diamonds precludes many people from even considering a purchase. If you’re not up on pricing for natural fancy pink diamonds, let me tell you that they generally cost in the tens of thousands per carat and sometimes even hundreds of thousands per carat!
However, there are some less expensive alternatives. One such alternative is to purchase a color treated diamond. These come in a few variations from natural “color enhanced” diamonds to synthetic versions. Another popular alternative is to purchase pink sapphire jewelry. Natural sapphire material is available with a deep and intense pink color. A Pink sapphire is much less expensive than natural pink diamond, and generally, pink sapphires will have a much more vibrant pink color than a pink diamond.
We all know that diamond is the hardest natural substance known to man, which makes it perfect for everyday bridal jewelry. However, you should note that Sapphire is the next hardest natural gemstone, having an 8.5 rating on the Mohs hardness scale. Because of this, sapphire is also appropriate for everyday bridal jewelry. Other natural pink gemstones such as tourmaline and rose quartz are softer material which are more likely to scratch, chip or crack with regular wear.
Whatever your budget may be, there is sure to be an appropriate pink gemstone for your jewelry collection.