Padparadscha Sapphire: Lotus Flower Sapphire

A padparadscha sapphire is a rare pink-orange to orange-pink corundum gemstone, a mineral of the same chemical composition as ruby. The name "padparadscha" is derived from the Sinhalese word for "lotus blossom", referring to the color of the flower. Padparadscha sapphires are typically found in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and Tanzania.

Padparadscha sapphires are prized for their unique color, which is caused by a combination of chromium and iron impurities. The color should be evenly distributed throughout the stone, with no zoning or color banding. Padparadscha sapphires should also be free of visible blemishes, such as inclusions and fractures.

Padparadscha Sapphire: Lotus Flower Sapphire
Natural rough Padparadscha sapphire, Sri Lanka

Padparadscha sapphires are relatively soft compared to other types of sapphires, with a Mohs hardness of 7.5-8. This means that they are more susceptible to scratches and chips. However, they are still very durable gemstones and can be worn for everyday use.

Padparadscha sapphires are often used in jewelry, such as rings, earrings, and necklaces. They are also popular for use in loose gemstone settings. The value of padparadscha sapphires varies depending on their size, color, clarity, and cut.

Additional facts about padparadscha sapphires:

  • They are the rarest type of sapphire.
  • They are often referred to as "the sunset sapphire."
  • They are said to bring good luck and prosperity. 

Rough and cut Padparadscha Sapphire
Rough and cut Padparadscha Sapphire



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