The recent engagement of Princess Eugenie has placed padparadscha sapphire in the spotlight and created new interest this most intriguing of gemstones.
Padparadscha is one of the rarest and most prized of the 'fancy' coloured sapphires, being a beautiful and subtle blend of pink and orange. The name padparadscha is derived from and ancient Singhalese word to describe the colour of a lotus flower, some compare the colour to that seen in a beautiful sunset.
As with all natural gemstones, there is no 'one' colour. Padparadscha colour can have varying degrees of pink and orange, and sometimes delicate hints of yellow.
Traditionally, padparadscha sapphire was associated with stones only from Sri Lanka, however, with the colour having been discovered in other locations the international market now accepts the name to be associated with fine stones from Madagascar, East Africa, & Vietnam (amongst others).
OA Gems has two new certified padparadscha sapphires in stock now. We also have some new peach-coloured stones that fall outside of the padparadscha colour range, that are highly sought-after and very beautiful in their own right. We have a number of new images and video being uploaded to the website over the coming days.