Pink gemstones make beautiful engagement rings. Pinks tend to go with any skin tone, and depending on the shade you choose, can stand out or blend. Pink symbolizes love, understanding, compassion and tenderness, all ideal traits for a blossoming relationship.
There are many pink gemstones to pick from if you decide you want a pink engagement ring. However, not every gemstone is meant to be worn every day, so knowing the pros and cons will help you make the right gemstone choice.
Here we cover the best pink gemstones for engagement rings, as well as the gemstones to avoid.
Best Pink Gemstones for Engagement Rings
1. Pink Diamond Engagement Rings
Pink diamonds are among the rarest variety of diamonds. The best pink diamonds come from the Australian Argyle mine (reportedly over 90%) and cost hundreds of thousands per carat. These gemstones come in a range of pink shades, from very faint to vivid. The more saturated and vivid the color, the more valuable the stone.
Because pink diamonds are eye-wateringly expensive, a great alternative is a synthetic pink diamond. These are optically, chemically and physically similar to its mined counterpart and can be up to 90% less expensive.
Note that synthetic pink diamonds are still relatively expensive due to the labor-intensive and expensive process required to create them.
If purchasing online, Leibish.com are known for being the best in the business. They even have exclusive access to Argyle Pinks, meaning that you’ll see some pretty spectacular pieces on their site that you won’t find anywhere else.
For more affordable stones, check out James Allen. For synthetic pink diamonds, you can check Brilliant Earth.
2. Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings
Pink sapphire is highly durable, scratch resistant and tough, making it ideal for daily wear. Pink sapphires are an affordable alternative to pink diamonds and are usually even less expensive than blue sapphires.
Pink sapphires in halo settings are the most popular, as the circle of diamonds add a sparkle and brilliance which the sapphire does not have. It also acts as a buffer and protects the gemstone. If you want less pink and more brilliance, why not opt for a pink sapphire halo surrounding a colorless diamond?
Pink sapphires can be found in a variety of shades, with the shade known as hot pink being the most popular. As with diamonds, an environmentally friendly option is to choose a created pink sapphire. This would come at a fraction of the cost and is a practical option.
To learn more about pink diamonds and pink sapphires, check out this article.
Morganites are one of the most popular pink gemstones. They come in soft pinks, and are rarely found in statement shades. Morganite pairs beautifully with rose gold, and makes for the best metal combination.
Morganite ranks 8 on the Mohs scale. It’s fairly durable, and can be worn daily with care. If you opt for a morganite ring, take care to take off the ring before engaging in any strenuous activities.
This precaution is necessary as the surface of the gemstone can be scratched and scuffed easily and may eventually dull and lose its sparkle. Also, having the morganite set in a protective setting such as a bezel setting or halo setting will add another layer of protection for your ring.
Pink Gemstones to Avoid
There are a host of other gemstones, such as pink tourmaline, pink topaz, pink spinel, and so on. These are beautiful gemstones, but unfortunately, are not as durable as the above three.
Most jewelers prefer not to work with gemstones other than sapphires, rubies, and diamonds when it comes to engagement rings. This is because these gemstones are ideal for daily wear and can withstand rough exposure without damage.
Having said that, you can have any type of gemstone in your engagement ring, as long as you choose a protective setting and adjust the maintenance required to reflect the gemstone’s hardness and durability.
In some cases, such as with pearl or opal rings, you will have to have the gemstone replaced every so often.
Pink gemstone engagement rings make for a refreshing change from the traditional diamond ring. If you’re choosing this route, there are many pink gemstones to choose from. However, the three best options are pink diamonds, sapphires, and morganites.
If you’re looking for a blue gemstone engagement ring, then we recommend checking out our article on this topic.