Professional Jeweler Archive: Hot Pink

May 2001

Gemstones & Pearls/New Products


Hot Pink

Pink gemstones are fashionable and in generous supply


Fashion trends and gem supplies are IN the pink – and not in a shy way. Customers want vibrantly hot hues. Here are the top-selling pink gems this season:

  • Pink Sapphire – Supplies are readily available and wholesale prices range from $200-$2,000 per carat. The African island of Madagascar produces lightly heated pink sapphires in intense and uniform hues.
  • Pink Tourmaline – Nigeria supplies plentiful, good-quality gems ranging from $80-$150 per carat wholesale. Pink tourmaline, or rubellite, is available in pink, red, purplish red, orangy red or brownish red.
  • Spinel – The reopening of a mine in Russia’s Pamir mountains has increased supply of spinel ranging from 2-10 carats. Because of widespread use of synthetic spinel as an imitation for other gems, many customers don’t even know there’s a natural version. Spinel offers a deep, rich red that rivals fine ruby and is hard, tough and suitable for daily wear.
  • Morganite – Discovered in Mad-agascar in 1911, this transparent gem has been hailed as an alternative to kunzite and pink tourmaline. Madagascar’s morganite deposits declined and Brazil became the gem’s top producer. Morganite is a variety of beryl, which makes it a relative of emerald and aquamarine. Tones range from rose pink to lilac. Morganite is a good choice for a customer to wear in the evening because it gleams in low light.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.


From the Modern Antique collection, this necklace features 6.09 carats of pink sapphires and 0.87 carat of diamonds. Suggested retail, $4,600. Matching earrings and bracelet are available.

Carelle, New York City; (800) 225-7782 or (212) 997-1156, fax (212) 827-0042, www.carelle.com.

18k white gold earrings hold pink tourmalines totaling 0.62 carat and diamonds totaling 0.15 carat. Suggested retail, $400.

Cherie Dori, Sunrise, FL; (800) 226-8816, fax (954) 252-2244.

18k yellow and rose gold earrings feature 5mm round pink tourmalines. Suggested retail, $1,060.

Jane Bohan Inc., New York City; (212) 594-7103, fax (212) 594-7107.

18k white gold pendant has a round spinel surrounded by pink tourmalines and pink and orange sapphires.

Jane Taylor, South Hadley, MA; (413) 535-1574.

14k white gold, pink sapphire and diamonds make up this jewelry suite. Suggested retail, $900 (earrings), $700 (pendant) and $800 (ring).

Breuning, Lawrenceville, GA; (678) 377-1673, fax (678) 377-1674.

Platinum earrings feature morganite drops totaling 23.09 carats and diamond accents. Suggested retail, $7,800.

Cathy Carmendy, Santa Monica, CA; (310) 396-3120, fax (310) 399-5902.

This antique reproduction ring holds a 9mm-by-7mm pink tourmaline and 0.33 carat of diamonds in 14k white gold.Suggested retail, $860.

Esslinger & Co., St. Paul, MN; (651) 452-7180.

14k ring holds a 4.88-ct. pink tourmaline. Suggested retail, $1,625.

Becky Thatcher Designs, Glen Arbor, MI; (231) 334-3826, fax (231) 334-3535.

From the Duchess collection, this pink tourmaline bead choker features an 18k white gold, pink tourmaline and diamond centerpiece.

Judith Ripka, New York City; (212) 355-0033, fax (212) 355-8757.

White gold ring at left has a 1.50-ct. pink sapphire and 0.12 carat of diamonds ($2,340 suggested retail). The other ring has a 0.60-ct. pink sapphire and 0.07 carat of diamonds ($690).

Paragon Gem Designs, New York City; (800) 435-8848 or (212) 391-6996, fax (212) 391-6712.

18k gold prehistoric bird brooch is set with 25.38 carats of pink sapphire and 0.80 carat of diamonds. Suggested retail, $13,398.

LeVian Corp., New York City; (212) 575-0318, fax (212) 944-7734, www.levian.com.

18k yellow and white gold rings and pin hold pink sapphires and G-H/VS1 diamonds. Suggested retail, $3,500-$5,000.

La Nouvelle Bague, New York City; (800) 752-2213 or (212) 750-5554, fax (212) 750-0033.

14k gold bypass ring has a 0.65-ct. pink sapphire and 0.20 carat of diamonds. Suggested retail, $925.

Nancy B and Co., Culver City, CA; (800) 421-0464, fax (310) 836-8842.

14k gold pendant is set with a 35mm-by-27mm agate, a 7.91-ct. pink tourmaline and a 0.29-ct. blue tourmaline. Suggested retail, $1,780.

Murphy Design, Minneapolis, MN; (612) 333-0144, fax (612) 344-1640.

14k white gold ring features a 2.35-ct. rose-cut pink tourmaline and 34 diamond accents. Suggested retail, $1,700.

Mazza/Bartholomew Ltd., New York City; (212) 935-4530, fax (212) 355-7801.

18k white gold nautical star brooch has 2.78 carats of pink sapphires and 1.85 carats of diamonds. Suggested retail, $1,516.

Art Import, New York City; (800) 246-3746 or (212) 840-7196, fax (212) 768-7395, sales@artimport.com, www.artimport.com.

Spanish Dancer ring features a 14.53-ct. briolette pink tourmaline and 1.52 carats of emeralds in 20k gold. Suggested retail, $9,500.

Cynthia Renée, Fallbrook, CA; (760) 728-5150, fax (760) 728-2636.

18k and platinum earrings hold pink sapphires and yellow and white diamonds.

Ellagem, New York City; (212) 398-0101, fax (212) 302-0153.

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