You may think of rose quartz when asked to recall pink gemstones, but did you know many other gemstones are also available in shades of pink?
Chalcedony – Pink chalcedony is a type of quartz stone. Chalcedony comes in many colors, among them a lovely pale pink that is similar to rose quartz. It makes a lovely cabochon-cut stone and is very pretty in sterling silver jewelry.
Coral – Many people think of red or orange when they think of coral, but it also comes in lovely pink shades. Natural pink coral ranges from pale pink to peachy medium pink. It can be cut into stones or carved.
Diamond – You may have heard of blue and brown diamonds, but did you know some diamonds are also pink? Most gemologists agree the color comes from extra pressure on the stone as it forms. There is only one completely flawless pink diamond in the world.
Kunzite – Kunzite stones are a variety of colors ranging from pale pink to vivid purple. The pink to peachy pink colors are the most common. Kunzite can fade with excessive exposure to light so its best worn at night or indoors.
Lepidolite – Lepidolite is a lithium-rich mineral that forms into crystals. The small flakes of lepidolite in quartz produce beautiful stones that are lovely in jewelry.
Malaya Garnet – Malaia garnet or Malaya garnet is the name for a variety of garnet that comes in pink to orange colors. The pink is an intense shade with hints of orange. It is mined from the Umba River Valley bordering Tanzania and Kenya. A rare stone, Malaya garnets are hard to find.
Moonstone – Most moonstones are white or white with rainbow iridescence, however some moonstones are naturally pink. Colors range from a pale icy pink to a pinkish purple. It can be solid in color, or iridescent. The color comes from tiny flakes of hematite.
Morganite – Morganite comes from the same family of gems as emerald and aquamarine. All three are forms of beryl. It comes in a lovely variety of pink to peachy pink colors. It is a hard stone (7 on the Moh’s scale) that holds up well to daily wear.
Opal – Opals come in many colors including blue, green, orange and white. Pink opals are one of the rarer varieties. It is mined in the mountains of Australia and in the Andes. They have less iridescence than other varieties of opal but their lovely light pink color is very attractive in jewelry.
Pearl – Pearls come in many natural colors, among them the common white or ivory, but pink pearls are particularly beautiful. Many pink pearls are dyed, but the color is found naturally in cultured Akoya and South Sea oysters.
Pezzottaite – Pezzottaite is also called raspberry beryl. It is from the same family as emeralds, morganite and aquamarine. The color ranges from raspberry red to light pink. It is an unusual gemstone that is not easy to find.
Rhodochrosite – A lovely pink to red stone, rhodochrosite is valued for its beautiful colors. It’s typically found in opaque stones with white bands. Rare translucent crystal varieties do exist. You’ll find rhodochrosite in rings, pendants and bracelets.
Rhodolite Garnet – Rhodolite garnets are a bright pink variety of garnet with beautiful raspberry color. It was originally discovered in North Carolina in 1890 but has since been found all over the world. The name rhodolite originates from the Greek word “rhodon”, which means rose.
Rhodonite – Rhodonite is an uncommon mineral. It is found in a few small deposits across the world. It is typically found as a pink and black stone with lovely color. The black comes from magnesium oxide. In the US, it can be found in North Carolina, Colorado, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Rose Quartz – One of the most common pink gemstones, rose quartz is affordable and easily found. it comes in beads and cabochons, and occasionally, carved stones. The stone is translucent and comes in pale pink shades. Bright pink shades of rose quartz are dyed to achieve their color.
Ruby – Rubies typically bring to mind a deep red color, but some rubies are paler and actually pink in color. Technically pink rubies are less desirable because they lack the depth of color expected in a ruby. However, they are beautiful stones that range from bright bubblegum pink to dark pink.
Sapphire – Pink sapphires and pink rubies come from the same gemstone family, corundum. Pink sapphires occur naturally and make stunning jewelry. The color ranges from pale to medium pink.
Smithsonite – Also called zinc spar, The distinct mineral smithsonite was named in honor of mineralogist James Smithson whose bequest established the Smithsonian Institution and who first identified the mineral in 1802. It is typically used in its raw form or carved into a cabochon for jewelry.
Spinel – Pink spinel is highly sought after. It comes in colors ranging from orangey-pink to bright raspberry pink. It is a fairly hard stone (8 on the Mohs scale) which is durable in jewelry, including rings.
Thulite – Thulite is a variety of the mineral zoisite. It typically comes in a medium pink with white crystals intermixed in the stone. Thulite was first discovered in Norway in 1920. It is named after the mythical island of Thule in the belief that the island is Scandinavia
Topaz – Topaz comes in a rainbow of hues but is particularly beautiful in its pink variety. The most valuable type of topaz are those that are of an orange or pink color called imperial topaz. Most pink topaz comes from Brazil.
Tourmaline – Pink tourmaline comes in many shades from pale pink, to bright raspberry. The raspberry pink is known as rubellite tourmaline and is highly sought after. It makes beautiful jewelry set in gold, rose gold and silver.
Zircon – Zircon is often confused with cubic zirconia. Zircon is a natural stone whereas CZ’s are man-made. Pink is a less common, but very beautiful naturally occurring color of zircon. The natural variety is quite rare and is typically a salmon pink. Zircon can also be heat-treated to achieve a pink color.