Padparadscha Sapphires

27.05.2011 § 3 Comments

Padparadscha Sapphires are without a doubt the most exotic of all Sapphires. Wanted by all precious gem collectors and believed to be even rarer than Burma rubies, the beautiful pink orange colored Padparadscha Sapphires are found only in Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

Padparadscha Sapphire with particularly excellent color.

The well educated collectors will know this: the name Padparadscha is a Sinhalese word derived from Sanskrit padmaraga. Mostly translated in the terms: lotus flower, morning flower, protection stone for the kings, hidden light beam or hidden lotus. Padparadscha is used to described the very particular pink-orange color of the original lotus flower, see Varma’s painting below:

Hindu godess Lakshmi by the famous Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma

This unique pink-orange Padparadscha color is caused by a very slight amounts of Chromium, Iron and Vanadium inside the atomic structure of the Sapphire. Unlike the beautiful lotus flowers, a Pardparadscha Sapphire is extremely rare. Even though some Sapphire dealers try to pass off a pink or orange sapphire as a padparadscha, a true padparadscha is a harmonious blend of both colors.

Sunset by Harry Winston, Padparadscha and Diamond Necklace: 17 oval and cushion-cut padparadscha sapphires. 92.96 total carats; 71 baguette diamonds, 20.54 total carats; 18k yellow gold and platinum setting.

As you can see in the fabulous Harry Winston Necklace, a Padparadscha Sapphire can be slightly more pink or slightly more orange but spread in a light, an even tone shows throughout the entire stone and both colors are there. What a wonderful gem. I don’t know many natural Padparadscha dealers but I have seen amazing specimens in Idar-Oberstein when I visited Paul Wild, so maybe this will help those interested in adding a Padparadscha to their collection.

Pictures: The Collector ; Cool Magazine ; Harry Winston.

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