For lovers of all things pink, there’s no better gemstone selection than the elegant pink sapphires, and you’ll see many examples when you shop for jewelry in the DC area. Available in colors from the palest baby pink to brilliantly vivid magenta, there are shades for all fans. The pink color usually is a result of traces of chromium (very high concentrations will make the stone red—a ruby); added elements of titanium will tinge the huge more purplish.
Though pink sapphires used to be rare, new deposits in the late nineties have put more of them on the market. They are generally treated with gentle heat to enhance their clarity and reduce their purplish overtones. Controversy has arisen over this treatment, because it’s difficult to detect the treatment and, therefore, tell the difference between treated and untreated stones. Even when an opinion is proffered from a professional lab, a dissenting opinion from an equally professional lab is not uncommon.
Though gem experts and collectors prize a stone that has natural clarity and color, they will pay for that distinction. A casual wearer may care more about the vibrant colors that heat treatment can elicit and if it reduces the price of said gem, it may be all the better. For more information about heat treatment, ask your jewelry or owner of a pawn shop in Vienna, VA.