Pink sapphire information
Fancy Sapphires Introduction
The term sapphire only applies to blue sapphires, with any other colours collectively termed "fancy sapphires". Fancy sapphires are from the same family as rubies, the corundum family. They have the same composition and are identical except for their colour. Fancy sapphires obtain their unique colours from varying amounts of iron, titanium and chrome found within the gemstone.
Fancy sapphires are available in a wide range of colours from pale baby pink to deep forest green. It is this dazzling array of colours that has earned them the name "gem of the heavens" or the "celestial" gem as the colours mirror the colours of the sky at different times of the day.
Pink sapphires have grown in popularity in recent years and are in high demand. They have recently become more widely available due to the opening of new sapphire mines in Madagascar in the late 1990's.
Pink sapphire is a popular choice for ladies jewellery and is now accepted as a more affordable substitute to pink diamonds. This gemstone has been made popular by its appealing colour which is available in a wide range of different shades from pale baby pink to vivid magenta. Pink sapphires are very versatile lending themselves to a variety of different cuts and can be mounted in both yellow and white gold. This lovely gemstone is often set alongside blue sapphires in jewellery to great effect. More recently the combination of pink sapphires and white gold has been made popular by bridal magazines.
The Mohs' scale measures a gems relative hardness on a scale of 1 to 10 based on the stones "scratchability". Diamond is the hardest at 10, sapphire and rubies measure 9, with pearl at around 3 ½ and amber at 2 ½. Pink sapphire is a very hard gemstone at 9 on the Mohs' scale.
Care and Cleaning
Sapphires are fairly easy to care for due to their hardness and require no more care than usual by the wearer. It is however recommended that sapphire jewellery should be removed when doing heavy work to protect the gemstone from damage. Sapphire jewellery can be cleaned using specialist equipment available at jewellery stores. It can also be cleaned at home using warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush to remove any dirt or dust from behind the stone.
Legend and Lore:
Sapphires have long been prized possessions of emperors, kings and queens; even today royalty give sapphires over diamonds as engagement rings as they are known to be far rarer than diamonds. Sapphires symbolise truth, sincerity and faithfulness and are thought to bring peace, joy and wisdom to their owners. Fancy sapphires are considered to be an ideal gift for loved ones as they are said to enhance love and banish jealousy.