What is the difference between Pink Sapphire and Pink Tourmaline????

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  • lb2k
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    They are two different minerals with different properties.

    Sapphire is a Corundum which really is aluminium oxide. Tourmalines are trigonal borosilicates of the cyclosilicate superclass.

    I'll cut through the science and just explain this to you as if you were choosing one or the other as a piece of jewelry. (I hope that's what you were looking for!)

    Sapphires are harder and less brittle, and therefore the more durable of the two. Even so, Tourmaline is not considered a fragile stone and can withstand reasonable abuse. Both stone make great jewelry stones!

    Both stones are pleochroic, which means that they can show different colors in different directions. Of the two, Tourmaline has stronger pleochroism. If you observe a Pink Tourmaline carefully, you may see some orange or purple flashes. This is less obvious in Sapphire.

    To the trained eye, Pink Sapphires and Pink Tourmalines may have slight nuances in hue that can help differentiate one stone from the other. A trained eye can also differentiate the two based on inclusions. For instance, Tourmalines often have liquid-like channels called Trichites, color zoning in a triangular or Y-shape and also exhibit a doubling of facets due to the way light refracts in the crystal. Sapphires often have small crystals and needle-like inclusions.

    Prices of Pink Sapphires are generally higher than Pink Tourmalines. For wholesale prices of stones in the USA, check "The Guide". "The Guide" publishes wholesale gemstone prices in the US which you can subscribe to at US$195 a year. Their website is www.gemguide.com

    Source(s): I LOVE gemstones and am a gemologist.
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  • mcray
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Pink Tourmaline Value

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  • Erin
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    They are two completely different stones with very different chemical compositions. Sapphires come in all different colors, blue being the most common. Tourmaline also comes in a range of colors, most commonly being found in pinkish and greenish colors. Sapphires are "precious" stones and are considered more valuable while tourmaline is "semi-precious" and less expensive. Both are beautiful stones in my opinion.

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  • 4 years ago

    Short Answer is that it's not the "real" thing... It's still a sapphire but synthetic... not fake and not an imitation...it maintains the same optical (for example: colour) and physical (hardness) properties as natural sapphire. It's not expensive though... Sapphires are relatively easy to make as the growing conditions are not too extreme as those required to make a diamond for example. It will still look just as beautiful as the "real" thing...and last as long, However if you want a real Sapphire mined out of the ground then you need to ask the jeweler for a "Natural" Sapphire

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  • MUD
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Well, one is a sapphire and the other is a tourmaline.

    Sapphires are classified as precious stones while tourmanlines are semi-precious. A sapphire of the same size, color and clarity would cost more than a tourmaline.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Pink Sapphire has a little bit more blue and red in it! And Pink Tourmaline has a little bit more whit and purple in it !

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    its just the gem stone ones sapphire and ones tourmaline.

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  • 4 years ago

    Loved this question

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  • 1 decade ago

    Money.

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  • 1 decade ago

    sapphire's are more valuable....

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