Let’s talk about the wonders of pink gemstones. Between the soft, alluring color, the symbolism and meaning behind them, and the actual gemstones of these pretty shades- they are a pretty interesting topic.
We are going to get into some fascinating facts about these stones. Let’s dig a little deeper on why these have been beloved, sought-after treasures for thousands of years. We will be looking at their history, meanings, uses, as well as some of the actual names of the stones with this coloring.
The History of Pink Gemstones
Gemstones are created when certain minerals converge in the perfect settings. Often times they will just look like regular rocks until they are cut and polished, and then they become something of value. We are going to take a look at the history of some of the most popular pink gemstones, focusing on how they formed and when they were discovered.
The Pink Diamond
One of the rarest diamonds and general gemstones in the world is the pink diamond. It is also one of the most expensive, some have sold for as much as 1.2 million per carat. The earliest ones known to mankind are the Daria-i-noor and the Noor-ul-ain diamonds, both of which are part of the Iranian crown jewels.
Colored diamonds, in general, are rare, but the pink hue is one of the hardest to come by. There are several theories on how they form and become that color, but the most popular one is simply that the diamond is subjected to an enormous amount of pressure while it is being formed.
It is also said that a seismic shock could be propelling clear diamonds to the surface of the earth and completely altering their molecular structure in the process. Either way, it does not happen very often.
The next stone on our list is the very popular rose quartz. This one is much more common than the pink diamond, but still has some fascinating history and lore behind it.
There have been ancient beads and artifacts made of this gemstone dating all the way back to 7000 BC. Rose quartz jewelry is said to have been crafted by the Assyrians as early as 600 to 800 BC. It has been said to have magical powers and was even believed by Egyptians to prevent aging.
This gem has been used in ancient love ceremonies and other rituals for centuries and is considered to be the stone of the hopeless romantic. For early civilizations like Egypt, Greek, and Roman, the gemstone meaning within a talisman was of ownership. They were used to symbolize reaching a deal.
The last one on this list is going to be the very, very rare and beautiful pink pearl. They have been hunted for thousands of years, and pearl divers only really discover a few pink ones a year compared to the thousands of other white pearls they find.
Pearls are formed inside of the shell of an oyster. If a grain of sand or other small object gets stuck in the shell, and the oyster covers the intruder with layers of nacre (the mineral that makes up the mollusk’s shell). After layers of this substance cover the grain of sand, the pearl is formed. Cultured pearls are exactly the same, except a “pearl farmer” is the one to put a grain of sand in the shell.
What Does the Color Pink Symbolize?
The actual color pink has a lot of meaning behind it. It is the color of femininity, little girls, love, and friendship. There is a lot to unpack in those themes, as these are some of the most important aspects of life.
If we just focus on love, both red and pink are colors associated with the subject. Red is considered to be more of a passionate love symbol, while pink is more widely linked to romance and the more tender parts of this theme. It is more innocent and playful than the themes linked to other colors.
There are specific feelings and symbols for pink gemstones as well. Serenity, relaxation, acceptance, and a sense of peace are all associated with gemstones of this color. These stones are also used to diffuse frustration and calm any disorder happening.
The Different Types of Pink Gemstones
In addition to the stones we have already talked about, there are many different varieties of pink gemstones.
Among them are rhodochrosite, topaz, tourmaline, and fluorite-just to name a few. There are endless unique pink gemstones with different features, sizes, shapes, and aesthetics. Whether you are interested in them for their supposed healing and nurturing properties or simply like the color, you have endless choices to pick from.
Do you have a favorite pink gemstone? What makes it your favorite?