In the late 1990s, new deposits of pink sapphire were found in Madagascar, which made this previously ultra-rare gem both more available and more affordable. As you can see from our selection here at Vienna Jewelry on Maple Avenue, pink sapphires can range from very pale pinks to violet pinks (when trace elements of titanium or vanadium are present) to vivid magentas that nearly approach ruby color (indeed, rubies are created by very high chromium concentrations, while lesser concentrations result in pink).
Purer more saturated tones are considered the most valuable, especially in hot pink or bubble gum colors. As with diamonds, clarity and cut are paramount because clearer stones show flaws more easily, and a good cut ensures radiance from the stone. With deeper colored stones, this isn’t as critical, because the color creates its own beauty. Clarity can often be improved with heat treatment.
Pink sapphires are a more affordable alternative to rare and expensive pink diamonds though they are still pricy compared to other fancy sapphire colors—classic blue, yellow, green, and violet. All are rated well for their hardness, and are popular for engagement rings (Prince Charles gave a blue one to Diana Spencer) as they are associated with faithfulness and sincerity. You can see fine examples of all of these when you buy jewelry in Northern Virginia.