Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pink Tourmaline

There has been increased interest in fine pink tourmaline gems. A major reason is the market for pink tourmaline, like much of the jewelry industry, is driven by Chinese demand, where growing wealth has fueled an insatiable appetite for fine jewelry and exquisite gems.
Wallace Chan's ’Vividity’ brooch, with a rare elbaite tourmaline in the centre.

Empress Dowager Tz’u Hsi. A large pink tourmaline, along with pearls, adorns her headdress.
China’s demand for pink tourmaline, and the pinkish-red variety known as rubellite, is not new. Part of this penchant for the pink stone is owed to the fact that pink tourmaline was the favorite gemstone of the Empress Dowager Tz’u Hsi of China in the late 19th century. During the late 1800s, much of the pink and red tourmaline mined in California, where the gem was first found in 1890s, was shipped to China.

The gemstone’s resurgence in popularity has pushed prices for high quality pieces to ever higher levels.


Paolo Costagli Pink Tourmaline & Pink Sapphire Ring
Today most tourmaline comes from Africa, particularly Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria and Tanzania.

Tourmaline is a silicate compounded with aluminum, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium or potassium. Tourmaline has a hardness level of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale. It is also extremely durable. The best tourmaline displays excellent transparency and a vitreous luster.

White gold, one 14.27-carat cushion-shaped rubellite, brilliants. Cartier.

Platinum, mandarin garnets, pink tourmalines, tanzanites, tsavorite garnets, yellow diamonds, brilliants. Cartier.

Hemmerle often incorporates large, vivid colored pink tourmalines and rubellites.

Robert Procop ring featuring a 31.74-carat rubellite surrounded by a melange of pavé diamonds, pink sapphires and rubies.

Buccellati Dream Cuff Bracelet in white and yellow gold with tourmaline and diamonds

Panthère de Cartier Bracelet set with a rubellite, pink sapphires, diamonds and onyx

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady’s Cocktail Ring set with diamonds, carved rubellite and turquoise