Ruby and Pink Sapphire – they are from the same family of mineral, Corundum. They are chemically identical, but they are purely different from each other because of their color variations, availability and price. It is very hard to draw a link between them; you can check the following image for that:

Pink sapphires and Ruby

Similarity between Ruby and Pink Sapphire:

  1. The hardness of Ruby and Pink Sapphire is same, which is 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
  2. The Refractive Index of both minerals is between 1.757 and 1.779.
  3. The specific gravity of Ruby and Pink Sapphire is same, which is 3.99 to 4.0.

The color of the Ruby and Pink Sapphire is the main difference between both the minerals. You can find Corundum in a wide variety of colors like pink, blue, red, green, yellow, black, white and almost every shade in between them. Conventionally, the red variety of Corundum is called Ruby, whereas all other shades are called Sapphire.

The red color in Ruby occurs because of the chromium impurity whereas the colors of Sapphire are the result of iron, titanium and chromium impurities. It is hard to find difference between Pink Sapphire and light Red Ruby. There are no specific rules that which shade of red represents Ruby and which shade of pink represents Sapphire. The color of Ruby varies from intense purple red to lighter orange red and the color of Pink Sapphire varies from hot pink to pale pink or more red.
Pink sapphire
PinkSapphire Red Ruby 1_0Red Ruby

What some unscrupulous sellers do, they sell these Pink Sapphires as light Red Ruby. The reason behind this is that Pink Sapphire is the less expensive in the Corundum family. They do this job very frequently to the new consumers and people who have no knowledge about the gemstones. Pink Sapphire is quite reasonably priced compared to Ruby and more commonly mined. Though, fine Pink Sapphires are also rare, but fine Rubies in bigger size are rarer. Sellers sell Pink Sapphire as Rubies so that they can gain maximum profit. Ruby and Pink Sapphire looks alike, so, it will be easy for them to sell it to novice consumers. Though, people attract towards Pink Sapphire because they think that this is light Red Ruby and more affordable.

Four of the above are the Corundum with same hue, which is red, but with different saturation and tone. If you see, you think that 3 and 4 are Rubies, as most of the sellers tell their customers. 1 classifies as Pink Sapphire and 2, light Red Ruby to some consumers and a rare Pink Sapphire to others. This above image clear all the variations in Pink Sapphire and sellers sell it as Ruby so they can warn good profit.

If you are going to buy Red Ruby, then you should be extra careful when buying it. You can ask for the originality certificate from the seller because real Rubies are very rare and expensive. They are dark red in color and Blood Red sometimes. The availability of both the minerals put a direct influence on their prices. Pink Sapphires are more common than Rubies and can be found in bigger size and nine times out of ten, Rubies are much higher priced than Pink Sapphires.

The color of these minerals is depending on the origin as well. The world’s finest Ruby is originated from Myanmar (Burma). Other than Myanmar – Thailand, Sri Lanka and Cambodia are the main sources where Ruby is mined. In the Burmese Ruby, there is a strong red fluorescence and long u. v. light. In the Thai Ruby, the color is darker red because of the presence of Ferrous (Iron), which produce brownish to purple overtone. Sri Lankan Rubies are typically more pinkish, which are referred as Pink Sapphire in some cases. Cambodian Rubies have same characteristics as Thai Rubies have.

Sri Lanka and Burma are the classic source for Pink Sapphire. But nowadays, Pink Sapphire is also mined in Africa from Madagascar and Tanzania. The concentration of chromium determines the depth of color and the traces of vanadium results violet tones in Pink Sapphire.

If you are a consumer and going to buy a Ruby, then you should be careful about what you are buying. You should check its beauty by analyzing its attractive color, brilliance and transparency. Then its quality which depends upon its color, clarity, cut and carat. These four Cs constitutes different shades of Red, inclusions, sharpness and size. And, last but not the least, its value. The value depends on that the Ruby is natural or synthetic, treated or not and what is its country of origin. You should keep all the things in your mind while going to but a true Ruby for you.

In general, Ruby and Pink Sapphire both are beautiful gemstones from Corundum. Chemically, both are same, but the percentage of chromium creates difference between them. The presence of chromium is higher than 0.9% in Ruby, whereas chromium presence is lower than 0.5% in Pink Sapphire. So, if you are not able to check this percentage, then you better ask for the genuinity certificate from the seller for both of the gemstones.

The metaphysical properties of Ruby and Pink Sapphire are also creates a big difference between them. Ruby is well known of intense passion and good luck, whereas Sapphire is associated with sincerity and divine knowledge. If Ruby protects you from misfortune, then Sapphire gives you blessings. People use Ruby as personal inspiration and Sapphire for faithfulness. If we talk about the classic birthstone, then Ruby is associated with the month of December and Sapphire is associated with April, whereas in modern context Ruby is the birthstone of July and Sapphire is September.