Tourmaline happens to be the birthstone of October, while sapphire is the gem of September. Both these gorgeous jewels, however, have one thing in common – the color pink. In this article, we’ll place the pink variants of these gems next to each other to find out if they have any other similarities besides a gorgeous hue.
Good to Know: Not many are aware that pink tourmaline has been around for centuries. As a matter of fact, it was often masqueraded as ruby to fool kings. A rich pink variety of this gem also found its way into Russian crown jewels. Even after its true identity was revealed, it did not lose any of its prestige. By the late 1800s, pink tourmaline became wildly popular and even helped create a significant demand for colored gemstone jewelry.
Verdict: Color is the most important asset of pink tourmaline. Most inclusions (unless they are exponential) are often ignored because the incredible hue of good quality stones often takes precedence. That said, pink tourmalines are not as robust and sough-after as pink sapphires. The latter also has very few gems that can rival its brilliance. And that’s just one of the reasons that make pink sapphires expensive.
If you want to flaunt a pop of color in the form of a beautiful gemstone, then consider going for pink tourmaline. It serves the purpose and is easy on the pocket too. But if you’re looking for something with a deeper symbolism, a jewel worthy of being passed down to generations then pink sapphire is a winner, hands down.