Diamond rings might be the go-to choice for brides around the world, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose the traditional stone. Give the classic engagement ring a little bit of an update by opting for a pink sapphire, which is the perfect unique piece for a bridal look. Additionally, thanks to their strength and durability, pink sapphire rings are an excellent choice for something you’ll likely wear every day.
What Is a Pink Sapphire?
A pink sapphire is a precious colored stone. “[They] are really interesting stones because they’re part of the same gem family as rubies, and when a pink sapphire’s saturation and color turns into a deeper pink/red, the stone is classified as a ruby,” explains jeweler Jillian Sassone.
What’s more, Sassone notes that pink sapphires range in color from a light pale pink to a pink so deep it almost looks purple or red. They are a beautiful and unique option for an engagement ring, and align well with brides-to-be who appreciates bold but pared-back aesthetics.
Meet the Expert
- Jillian Sassone is a jeweler and owner of Marrow Fine, a brand that creates new—and works with heirloom—jewelry pieces.
- Easter Ahn-Lee is the founder of Easter Ahn Design and a Graduate Gemologist at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). She has been in the jewelry industry since 2007.
Interested in learning more? Below is everything you need to know about pink sapphire engagement rings before you commit to buying one.
History of Pink Sapphires
Pink sapphires actually have a glamorous history behind them. “Throughout history, pink sapphires symbolize love and were associated with royalty,” says jeweler and designer Easter Ahn-Lee. “Royalty would adorn themselves with sapphires not only as a sign of wealth, but to protect the wearer from envy and harm.
She also notes that pink sapphires are supposed to have the power to bring harmony between lovers, peace between enemies, and to bring blessings. Another popular belief is that sapphires have healing properties to increase strength and health, and to ward off illnesses and poisons.
Pros and Cons of a Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring
An essential advantage to owning a pink sapphire engagement ring is that these stones are almost as hard as diamonds. “They have a rating of nine on the Mohs scale (which rates a material’s hardness on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the hardest),” says Ahn-Lee. “This makes it the hardest mineral after a diamond, which has a rating of 10.” Since you’ll likely wear your engagement ring every day, it’s advantageous to have something as hard as possible to put up with the daily wear and tear.
If you want a piece that’s unique, these stones can also vary widely in color, giving them a one-of-a-kind feel. “Pink sapphires range in color from red to purple in light tones, with weak to vivid saturation,” Ahn-Lee says. Finally, and most importantly, pink sapphires are a more affordable option compared to a diamond.
As for the downsides? “I don’t really see any cons of a pink sapphire engagement ring unless you don’t like the color pink,” Ahn-Lee shares. Since they’re so hard and durable, they really come down to personal preference in terms of pros and cons.
What to Look for in a Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring
Look for a pink sapphire that doesn’t have many inclusions (material that is trapped in the mineral). “Inclusions are a natural part of sapphires (it’s actually what determines that they aren’t synthetic!), but sourcing a sapphire with minimal inclusions is ideal so that they don’t detract from the beauty of the stone,” Sassone says. She recommends purchasing from a reputable jeweler to find the best quality you can.
- What metals and cuts pair well with pink sapphires? Choosing a metal to go with your pink sapphire all comes down to personal preference. “I think it looks great in a yellow gold setting,” Ahn-Lee says. The cut is also about preference, although Ahn-Lee notes that she loves these gemstones in a cushion or oval shape.
- How can you tell if a pink sapphire is high quality? According to Ahn-Lee, a high-quality stone will be bright with vivid saturation and very good luster. It should come with a certification of authenticity that describes the stone’s quality, carat weight, and shape. She also recommends buying a natural untreated stone. “Many sapphires can be treated to transform inexpensive corundum into bright vivid fancy colors that people desire, which are lower in value,” she says.
- How much do pink sapphires generally cost? While the cost ultimately depends on the cut and carat, you can expect these stones to generally be less expensive than diamonds. “Fine quality pink sapphires ranging from one to two carat usually cost between $500 and $800 per carat, and a two to three carat pink sapphire usually costs $1-$5,000 per carat,” Ahn-Lee says. “Highly saturated pinks, especially from Sri Lanka and Myanmar, are rare and highly sought after and command top prices per carat.”
How to Care for a Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring
Pink sapphires are durable, but they still require regular maintenance and care to help maintain their beauty. Ahn-Lee recommends cleaning your ring with warm water, mild dish soap (no detergents), and a soft brush. “A pulsed-water dental cleaning appliance and a soft, lint-free cloth can also be used,” she says.
As with any other gemstone, Sassone recommends just treating it with general care. “Make sure you’re taking off your jewelry for any intense activities, like weight lifting, or any activities where chemicals might come into contact with the jewelry, like swimming in a chlorine pool.” Both jewelers recommend taking the ring to a local trusted jeweler once a year to ensure it’s in good condition and the stone is secure.
Below is a collection of pink sapphires you’ll want to look at if you’re thinking of buying one.
Why stop at one colored gemstone when you could have several? This stand-out cluster ring features a pink sapphire center stone surrounded by topaz, aquamarine, and diamonds.
This colorful ring features a bright pink sapphire in the center, surrounded by aquamarine stones and diamonds, all on a rose gold band.
Featuring a 2.69-carat pink sapphire from Sri Lanka, this ring has a luxurious feel to it. Antique cushion cut diamonds on either side add some sparkle without overshadowing the sapphire.
An authentic vintage diamond and pink sapphire ring from the Victorian Era circa, 1890, this piece will make you feel like you stepped back in time. We love the bright pink hue next to the classic diamond.
The pale hue of this stone makes it feel soft and romantic. This is actually a Padparadscha sapphire from Sri Lanka, and the name refers to the rare blend of pink and orange in the stone.
This dainty ring is perfect for anyone looking for a more subtle option. Pale pink sapphires look beautiful against rose gold.
Many pink sapphire engagement rings are paired with yellow or rose gold, but this ring is proof that the stone looks just as lovely with a platinum band. The clusters of small diamonds on either side are a nice touch.
This unique mosaic engagement ring is an interesting and bold choice. Made with a blend of pink sapphires, teal sapphires, and diamonds, it’s a sparkly work of art.
A rose cut makes this pink sapphire ring look even more unique. We love the way the seafoam sapphires, blue sapphires, aquamarine, and diamonds are arranged for a really interesting cluster design.
The teardrop shape and design of this ring make it look like the stone is almost floating on your finger. This is a very vivid and bright pink sapphire and is bolder than some of the more pale options.
Rose gold details, like a hidden basket underneath the center stone and prongs around the center stone, give this ring a really interesting look. We love the mix of metals and the pink sapphire halo.
For those looking for a little vintage flair, this ring has a distinct Art Deco style to it, making it appear both feminine and unique. The intricacy of the details is really beautiful.
A more bold option is this Sevun ring, which features a stunning Burma two-carat pink sapphire that has an intensely pink hue that looks almost purple. Surrounded by sparkling white diamonds on a gold band, this one is sure to catch the eye.
If you prefer a wider band, this is a beautiful option with plenty of sparkles. A bright pink sapphire center stone is surrounded by smaller pink sapphires and white diamonds, all on a rose gold band with a lot of detail.
Look closely, and you can see that these three stones are actually in an ombre design ranging from pink to peachy pink. With a simple matte yellow gold band, this is truly a different look (in a good way).
This Toi et Moi (which translates to “you and me”) ring is minimalism at its best. A peach pink sapphire stone sits next to a diamond in a yellow gold setting for a picture-perfect design.
Go the non-traditional route with this sparkling band that is ideal for stacking. Featuring 15 pink sapphire gemstones and a scalloped setting, this is a lovely option.
This one-of-a-kind ring features tons of sparkle with a total of 2.7-carat diamonds and 1.98-carat pink sapphire. The glittering band only adds to the overall look.
A smaller, more subtle, and more budget-friendly option is this baguette ring, which is perfect for stacking and adds just a little bright sparkle. The beaded band is such a pretty touch.
Another subtle option is this filigree ring, which features a lot of intricate details and a rose-cut pink sapphire. It also has just a little bit of vintage flair to it.
This radiant cut sapphire comes in a very pale pink color, giving it a unique look that most other pink sapphires don’t have. It’s less bright and more subtle, and the diamond accents on either side give it a bohemian flair.