Pink Gemstones

Pink Gemstones
By Alice Koh

The following are some choices of pink gemstones that are affordable and available on the gemstone markets.

Pink Opal is a natural, pink colored gem-variety of the Common Opal which is composed of Opal, Palygorskite and Chalcedony. It was also known as Rose Opal.

Pink Opal symbolized baby Cupid and was called the Opal of Childhood.

Pink Opal occurs in the most rich and vivid pink color. Though it has a hardness of 6, it is a delicate gem. There is another Pink Opal that is harder and that can be set into rings. It is the Pink Peruvian Opal which occurs mixed slightly with Chalcedony.

Pink Opal does not display the beautiful color play that one finds in precious Opal, but the body color is so rich and gorgeous and attractively stunning.

The ancient Egyptians and Babylonians used opal as a powerful protection against diseases and named it the “Gem of the Gods”.

Opal was used as a protective amulet against evil forces, as well as a protection against lightning strikes and against the terrors that comes with the night.

Opal was also known as Patronus Furum (the Patron of Thieves) because supposedly it bestowed the gift of invisibility.

Opal protected the wearer from malignant diseases such as cholera and sickness of the kidneys.

First of all, do not confuse Rose Quartz for Pink Quartz. They are not the same. The latter is extremely rare while Rose Quartz is common and can be found in abundance. Pink Quartz crystals are microcrystalline whereas Rose Quartz's are macrocrystalline. Pink Quartz is sensitive to light and will fade in prolonged direct sunlight. Both Quartz are formed in different environment.

Rose quartz is usually opaque with the highest quality stones being translucent. The opaque specimens are usually cut en cabochons and the translucent pieces faceted. Rose Quartz are also carved into animal figurines, statues, leaves or other ornaments.

Pink rose quartz is a soft, light to medium pink color. It occurs as large gemstones.

Since it is a variety of quartz, it has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. This means that it is durable, and can be worn as rings and bracelets, but most importantly, it is affordable. Pink rose quartz is a lovely crystal that displays a beautiful cloudy translucency. It can also occur as transparent, but these are rare, and usually faceted. Pink Rose Quart is perfect for strung jewellery such as pendants and earrings, as well as cabochon jewelry.

Rose Quartz has been used as ornamental carvings of figurines and statues for thousands of years. Stone masks made of rose quartz had been recovered from Egyptian and Roman tombs.

In Chinese Feng Shui, rose quartz embodies the feminine energy known as Yin Qi. Its soothing and calming qualities promote love and healing. Additionally, it clears negative emotions and feelings such as resentment, anger, fear and jealousy. It is also said that this is the stone to wear if you want to release all of the psychological trauma that you have been carrying all this while and are not able to get rid of.

Rose Quartz is known as ‘The Love Stone', The Heart Stone' and ‘The Stone of Universal Love.’ Since thousands of years ago, it has been associated with matters of the heart. It is a universal love stone that exudes healing energy of love and compassion. Its soothing feminine energy has always been used as an important talisman and charm for love relationship. It inspires self-love and relieves stress. Holding or meditating with a Rose Quartz releases anxiety, anger, resentment, insecurity and jealousy.

Pink pearls represent love.

Since natural pink pearls are rare, most pink pearls on the gemstone market today are cultured and some are even dyed. This dye treatment is referred to as 'pinking' or 'tinting' in the trade, and before you buy, you should always ask if the pink pearls are dyed. Regardless, pink cultured pearls are one of the most luxurious jewelry gemstones.

Pearl's hardness ranges from 2.5-4.5 on the Mohs scales. However, you can still find it in rings, earrings, bracelets, brooches, pendants and single strand or multi-strand pearl necklaces.

In ancient Greece, virgins and young maidens seeking the protection of Goddess Diana put a string of pearls around their necks.

Pearls are still used today in China as medicine for heart troubles, stomach problems, blood disorders and insanity.

Pink Zircon occurs with an intense fire and luster, even higher than that of a diamond. Its color is usually a rosy pink color.

Pink zircon has a good hardness, 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, but because of its brittle tenacity, it is not recommended for rings or bracelets as they are more prone to knocks and cracks. It is good for pendants, earrings, pins and brooches.

Zircon possesses many healing properties. In the Middle Ages, this gem was thought to induce sound sleep, drive away evil spirits, and promote riches, honour and wisdom.

It is said to be beneficial in all of the chakras as it stimulates energy and activates them. It gives inspiration to the wearer to act with purpose and confidence.

Pink Tourmaline is one of the most beautiful and popular pink gemstone today. Pink tourmaline looks very similar to pink sapphire and spinel, but not as costly. Pink Tourmaline is not treated - in most cases.

Rubellite Tourmaline also comes in a lovely pink. However, it usually occurs as a purplish-red or red colored Tourmaline.

Pink Tourmaline not only is affordable, it is also durable. On the Mohs scale of hardness, pink tourmaline ranks 7.5 out of 10, making it one of the hardest gemstones on the market today.

The ancient Egyptians firmly believed that tourmaline could heal the nervous system, blood diseases and lymph glands. Ancient magicians relied upon this stone for protection against evil spirits.

Today, tourmaline is still revered as a psychic shield deflecting and dispelling negative energies on all fronts.

Tourmaline promotes healing and brings balance to the soul. It is often referred to as a stone of wisdom as it inspires positive attitude and stimulates creativity and learning.

Rhodolite is a hybrid mixture of pyrope and almandine garnet. It is most valued for its beautiful raspberry red color. It also occurs in a unique, gorgeous light rose pink color. It is usually transparent and can be found in large sizes. It is mined in the United States where it was originally found, but with a recent find in East Africa, Rhodolite is now easily available.

Like all garnets, rhodolite has a hardness of 6.5 - 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale. This means that it is durable enough for rings and bracelets.

All garnets honour Sekhmet, the Egyptian Goddess of War. She is the most powerful goddess of Lower Egypt, and is usually depicted with the head of a lion and the body of a beautiful woman.

Garnet is known as the Travellers' Stone. It gives the feeling of stability and security. It is a great promoter for a successful business, encourages love and compassion and boosts self-esteem and self-confidence.

Pink Morganite is related to both emerald and aquamarine. That is to say, it belongs to the beryl family of gemstones.

The pink species of beryl is known as Morganite. This name is given in honour of the American banker and gemstone collector, J.P. Morgan. Morganite is known for its transparent peach pink color though its color ranges from pale pink to pink, violet-pink, peachy-pink or salmon color. Afghanistan is the main source for morganite.

Pink Morganite is usually made for fine jewellery pieces. It is rare. It occurs in a lovely pink color and has a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. It is affordable and can be found in large sizes.

Pink Morganite is considered a sacred love stone that helps one to have empathy and patience in relationships. Also, helps connects to higher realms of consciousness and with the angels.

Kunzite was first discovered in California in 1903 by Dr. G F Kunz. The most valuable kunzite is in palest pink hues. It is known as a Stone of Emotion as it harmonizes the logical mind and the emotional heart.

Pink kunzite is a lovely pink gemstone. It occurs as large sized gemstones with some showing a deep pink color. The smaller Kunzite gemstones come with a soft, delicate pink hues.

You can find large sized Pink Kunzite gemstones at an affordable bargain prices.

Kunzite hardness ranges from 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. It occurs with a perfect cleavage in two directions which means that it is not very tough. Due to this, a hard knock, even extreme pressure or sharp temperature changes might cause it to break. For this reason Kunzite jewelry should always come in a protective setting.

Also, It is known that Kunzite's color tend to fade in sunlight. Thus it is recommended that you keep away from direct sunlight when you are not using your Kunzite gemstone.

Kunzite encourages us to break down the barriers that we've created around our heart supposedly for protection against traumatic and painful instances. We notice a sense of inner peace and equilibrium as we start to emanate compassion and wisdom and this quality of being allows us to be more receptive to the love that surrounds us.

Kunzite possesses feminine energy. It is especially supportive of women and young mothers in their challenges as caring and nurturing people. It is also beneficial for children who have difficulties in adjusting to and handling other people's energies.

Other pink gems include Pink Diamond, Pink Sapphire, Pink Topaz, Pink Smithsonite, Pink Spinel, Pink Rhodochrosite, Pink Color-Change Diaspore (Zultanite) and Pink Coral. There are many other pink gemstones available today, but this list is a good starting point.

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