Padparadscha Sapphire from Ceylon | King Sapphire

The name Padparadscha derives its unique name from the Sinhalese language (the Indo-Aryan language primarily spoken by the Sinhalese people of Sri Lanka, where most Padparadscha Sapphires are found). The word ‘moaurd.ZmoaurdvsI (Padma-raga)’ means the “Lotus blossom”. The word ‘Padma’ means the Lotus flower and ‘raga’ means the ‘color/Lust’.

The unique color of this corundum gemstone is quite similar to the color of Lotus flower, sunset color or to the color of tropical fruits which is has a fascinating combination of pink and orange and its color cannot be compared to any other gemstone. Therefore, Padparadscha Sapphire is one of the rarest gemstones in the world and also unknown to the most. However, once it’s known it becomes an absolute favorite and one of the most sought after colored gemstones of anyone.

The color range of Padparadscha varies from a light tone of pink and orange to a hue of pink and orange up to darker tones of pink and orange. It should always exhibit a combination of both pink and orange.

Padparadscha Sapphires mainly come from Sri Lanka and for centuries it was the only source where this coveted gemstone was found. Now, Madagascar and Tanzania also produce these gemstones. However, the Padparadscha Sapphires found in Sri Lanka are sought for by many due to their exquisite and more balanced color range of pink and orange.

There is no standard or uniform color range and it varies in between the lighter and darker combination of the pink and orange. Medium saturated Padparadscha sapphires are more valuable than others. Finally, it’s the choice of the buyer when it comes to selecting the color you desire.  

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