By Åse Anderson
With their soft luminous glow, pink sapphires radiate romance, making them the perfect choice for an engagement ring. And with an increasing number of brides opting for coloured gemstones, pink sapphire engagement rings offer a perfectly pretty alternative to traditional blue sapphires.
Mined primarily in Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and East Africa, pink sapphires can vary in colour from baby pink to a more vivid, intense magenta. Like rubies, sapphires are formed from a mineral called corundum and their colour is determined by the concentration of chromium present. The colour of the sapphire is the main factor determining its price, with bubble gum pink currently fetching the highest market value. Carat, cut and clarity also play a part in the final valuation.
Pink sapphire engagement rings are also a more affordable alternative for those who like the look of pink diamond engagement rings but are put off by the astronomical price tags.
Here at The Jewellery Editor we love a jewel with a story associated with it, even more so when the piece in question is as beautiful as the Chaumet Joséphine pink sapphire and diamond engagement ring, inspired by the tiaras worn by Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. The feisty, fashionable Empress became the jeweller's first "celebrity" customer in the late 18th century and has been a muse for Chaumet jewellery designers ever since. It is rare to find a sapphire that has not undergone heat treatment, but this Chaumet ring stars a 1.00ct pear-shaped, non-heated pink sapphire surrounded by white diamonds.
If you are a bride-to-be searching for engagement ring ideas, pink sapphires set in white gold and accented with white diamonds make a wonderfully feminine choice. The soft glow of a pink sapphire highlights the intertwined diamond bands in the Piaget Rose engagement ring, giving it a wildly romantic look. Alternatively, the circular diamond pavé design on the Tiffany pink sapphire engagement ring draws the eye towards the vibrantly coloured gemstone at its centre.
If you want to stand out from the crowd with a unique engagement ring, the Theo Fennell pink sapphire ring could be the one for you. A cushion-cut pink sapphire is nestled in a rose gold floral setting on a white gold diamond pavé band. The Omi Privé pink sapphire engagement ring is another standout design featuring a round fancy-colour sapphire combined with yellow gold and round diamonds.
The sapphire is said to symbolise a relationship based on truth and faithfulness. It is no wonder, then, that many couples are falling under the spell of pink sapphire engagement rings.