LA VIE EN ROSE

Pink stones are set to take cen­tre stage this year. If you have a pas­sion for the shade, Mother Na­ture of­fers plenty of op­tions

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There is a clam­our for hot-pink rubel­lite tour­ma­line, the per­fect gem­stone for women who like to stand out. Large, good-qual­ity rubel­lites with no vis­i­ble nat­u­ral in­clu­sions (im­pu­ri­ties) have a high value and are be­com­ing rarer on the mar­ket, so snap them up while you still can. Prices for rubel­lite in­creased sub­stan­tially when the stone caught the eye of gem­stone in­vestors from Asia and more than dou­bled for gems of more than three carats re­cently.

About 20 per cent of the tour­ma­line sup­ply from the Cruzeiro mine in Brazil, one of the world’s main pro­duc­ers, is rubel­lite, but only a few crys­tals are of gem qual­ity. Many of the coun­try’s older mines are ex­hausted, so gem hunters now need to find col­lec­tors with old stock.

Rubel­lite crys­tals have a com­plex chem­i­cal struc­ture and are coloured with small amounts of man­ganese, lithium and iron. It’s the dif­fer­ent lev­els of these el­e­ments that pro­duce the amaz­ing tones, from soft pinks and bluish baby pinks to choco­late pinks and the strik­ing wa­ter­melon pink and green gem­stones. In­deed, wa­ter­melon, bi- and tri-colour tour­ma­lines come in ev­ery colour imag­in­able. As each gem is unique, find­ing a match­ing pair for ear­rings is al­ways a chal­lenge.

A tip for tour­ma­line col­lec­tors: col­lect wa­ter­mel­ons, and seek out the pink and laven­der Paraiba-type gems. These ex­tremely rare pink tour­ma­lines are spe­cial be­cause they con­tain traces of cop­per, putting them in a sim­i­lar cat­e­gory to the elec­tric neon-turquoise Paraiba tour­ma­lines.

What if your in­cli­na­tion is to­wards softer pinks? Pan­tone says pas­tel pink is the colour of the year, and this shade is def­i­nitely go­ing to be big. Con­sider rose quartz, a plen­ti­ful crys­tal that’s said to bring seren­ity, com­pas­sion and well­ness to the wearer. With its soft, muted tones, the larger pieces are ex­tremely eye-catch­ing.

An­other lovely gem­stone is the peachy pink mor­gan­ite, dis­cov­ered in 1911 and named by Tif­fany & Co gem­mol­o­gist Ge­orge Kunz af­ter the banker JP Mor­gan, who was also a gem col­lec­tor. It’s the pink translu­cent va­ri­ety of beryl, which in­cludes aqua­marines and emer­alds. Colour and clar­ity are the most im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions, and ex­pect to pay prices sim­i­lar to those for qual­ity aqua­marines.

Kun­zite, an in­ter­est­ing gem find of the 20th cen­tury, is a lovely sparkly laven­der gem, and can look very much like a pink di­a­mond on the fin­ger. For that rea­son, it is now find­ing favour with gem col­lec­tors.

Pink di­a­monds, too, are set­ting auc­tion records, be­cause stones weigh­ing more than three carats are very hard to find.

It’s easy to for­get that gem­stones are cre­ated by na­ture un­der ex­treme heat and pres­sure, and that in­clu­sions are the hand­prints and DNA of each crys­tal, so it’s com­mon for most gems to have them.

With so many lovely pink gem­stones to choose from, it should be a breeze to find the per­fect one.

From top: Se­cret watch with a carved tour­ma­line by Graff; ring with spinel by Van Cleef & Arpels; ring with pink di­a­mond by Chow Tai Fook; ban­gle with mor­gan­ite by Tif­fany & Co; ring with rose quartz by Pomel­lato; ring with pink sap­phires by Anna Hu

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