The Journey Of A Stone
The unique story of the travel of our Swarovski Pink Sapphire from its lightless birthplace to its final glorious destination
Gemstone in Host Rock
The journey of a pink sapphire starts in its host rock, where it grows deep down in the earth over millions of years. To grow it needs high pressure, intense heat and very specific geological prerequisites, more specifically a combination of aluminum, oxygen and chromium, the latter giving the stone its pretty pink color. Pink sapphire is a member of the corundum mineral family, same as all the other sapphires and ruby. In fact, pink sapphires and rubies are identical materials, with only their color tone and saturation distinguishing them. As pink sapphire gets darker it turns to ruby. The gemstones grow primarily in Eastern Africa, Madagascar, Myanmar and Vietnam and rarity increases with the size of the stone.
Sorted Raw Material
This is how rough pink sapphires look like when they have been extracted from the rock through mining activities, cleaned and sorted roughly by color and size. 500 kilogram of mine output only provide a few grams of gemstones that are suitable for cutting and jewelry use. Pink sapphires arrive at the Swarovski production facilities in this rough form. They are bought as so-called ‘lots’, the definition for a bulk of raw materials. For every lot that arrives a representative sample is taken and analyzed to determine quality, sizes and colors. Shades range from light pink to hot pink to a purplish pink. Actually, pink is one of the rarest colors in sapphires and highly saturated, bright hues are the most valuable.
Preform and Calibrated Preform
During the preforming stage each and every individual stone is analyzed to determine its optical axis. This is extremely important for the next step when the first facet, which will later be the table of the fully facetted stone, is cut. It needs to be cut at an angle of exactly 90 degrees to the optical axis. This makes sure that the gemstone has a perfect, homogenous color without any blind spots. The preforming process cannot be handled with machinery, only very skilled Swarovski staff are able to do this job. Then, the stone moves on to the calibration stage, where special machines further outline the final shape of the stone.
At Swarovski, state-of-the-art, proprietary technology is used to cut our sapphires. This results in consistent proportions and exact facet geometry, no matter if stones are cut today, or tomorrow or within the past or coming years. After cutting the gemstones are color-sorted according to specific needs. This consistency and reliability is important for our customers in jewelry manufacturing who want to produce easily and efficiently. For jewelry lovers and buyers it is even more important that Swarovski Genuine Pink Sapphires are intensely brilliant, vividly colored and simply beautiful.
This is where the journey of our pink sapphires concludes, skillfully set in an amazing jewelry piece, a ring by the French designer Philippe Bouasse that was seen in the book “Swarovski Gem Visions 2011”. It is made of Swarovski Genuine Pink Sapphire, diamonds, pink star quartz and 18k gold. The unique story of every single gemstone paired with the incredible craftsmanship and creativity of the designer make the ring a true piece of wonder. A one of a kind item that will play an emotional role in the personal journey of its future owner.