Red and Pink Gemstones

Here are all the red and pink gemstones that one is likely to come across in antique and vintage jewellery. 

Ruby

This is a bluish red to range-red corundum

 Jugendstil Pendant. Elder & Bloom. 

Jugendstil Pendant. Elder & Bloom. 

Pink Sapphire 

This is a pinkish red variety of corundum (basically a less colour saturated form of ruby)

 Annular brooch with pink sapphires. British Museum AF.2702

Annular brooch with pink sapphires. British Museum AF.2702

 

Garnet 

There are several varieties of garnet. For more information see here. 

 Victorian Garnet Earrings. Elder and Bloom. 

Victorian Garnet Earrings. Elder and Bloom. 

Red Spinel

Red Spinel can be red to brownish red and pink

 Antique red spinell earrings. Elder & Bloom. 

Antique red spinell earrings. Elder & Bloom. 

Pink Tourmaline

This is a pink variety of tourmaline and can be all shades of pink 

 1860s Brooch with Pink Tourmaline. V & A Museum M.21-1979. 

1860s Brooch with Pink Tourmaline. V & A Museum M.21-1979. 

Morganite

This is a pink to orange pink beryl (discovered in 1910)

 Vintage Morganite Ring. 

Vintage Morganite Ring. 

Pink Topaz

This is a pink to violet-pink variety of topaz that is created by heated golden brown topaz. 

 Pink Topaz and Diamond Ring 1800 -1 869. V & A Museum 1309-1869

Pink Topaz and Diamond Ring 1800 -1 869. V & A Museum 1309-1869

Red Zircon

This is a brownish red to deep, dark red zircon

 Reddish-brown zircon ring. 1850. V & A Museum 1282-1869

Reddish-brown zircon ring. 1850. V & A Museum 1282-1869

 

Red "Emerald" or 'BIXBIte'

This is a red to bluish red to orange-red beryl

Discovered in 1904

 Red Beryl or Bixbite Estate Brooch. 

Red Beryl or Bixbite Estate Brooch. 

 

Kunzite

This is a violet-pink to pink-violet spodumene

Discovered in 1902

 Kunzite and silver brooch. Ebay. 

Kunzite and silver brooch. Ebay. 

 

Rubellite

This is a red to violet-red tourmaline 

First discovered 1822

 Rubellite Estate Ring. Ebay. 

Rubellite Estate Ring. Ebay. 

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