Himalayan pink salt is actually a byproduct of the unique mineralization process which the Himalayas undergo. In the vicinity of Tibet, the material is known as the Pink Salt and it is a common mineral in local food and other products.
The material is mined from deposits of Himalayan salt and it was first considered as an ore and it was mined for many years with very limited production but the demand for this product grew much larger, and in time it was declared as a form of the nation's economic development and contribution towards the economic growth of the region. Today, its production has reached the point of being one of the largest as well as most valuable minerals.
Although there are several gemstones that are included in the list of precious stones, the Himalayan pink salt is easily distinguished in terms of its color and the clarity of its crystal structure. In terms of quality, it is in the same league as the best kinds of white diamonds. The largest mines of Himalayan salt which can be identified and seen on the ground are the two in Ladakh and the one in Sikkim.
The color of this stone ranges from reddish-brown to medium deep shades of yellow. Some of the common varieties are the so-called Black Himalayan salt and the Blue Himalayan salt, which both have similar characteristics like color and clarity of crystalline structure.
The stones may also be cut in different shapes, like hearts, pearls and lines of gemstones of different colors. Some also come in metal or stone fixtures, like beads, rings, pendants and necklaces.
Another popular minerals mined in the region are some of the popular rocks like marble, calcite, peridotite, and titanite. Though the stone mineralization method does not alter the nature of these rocks, the properties they possess are altered to produce the unique varieties ofHimalayan pink salt.
Geology and geography play a big role in determining the mineralization pattern of the mountains. So, the green patterns of the Himalayas are caused by the presence of copper minerals. The area where Pink Salt is mined is known as the Copper Region and the Himalayan pink salt is probably the most popular kind of the mineral.
Certain types of rock are known to contain copper, the most famous among them being limestone, for example. Mineralization is considered a natural process but after a certain amount of time, it can be altered to produce a variety of minerals.
The deposits of the above mentioned rocks, along with certain other minerals, also contain the dark brown minerals, called manganese oxides. These are used for various purposes and produced into the minerals like white gold, and the finest forms of it are the purple Manganese.
In addition to the above, there are other sources of minerals like the more rare and small amounts of iron and lead. The Pink Salt also contains the magnesium, sodium, chlorine, potassium, bromine, sodium, magnesium and iron.
The color, texture and crystal structure of Himalayan salt are determined in the mineralization process. The rate at which it crystallizes is very important, in fact, this is where the largest differences lie in the price of the stone and other minerals.