Behind the Color
Behind the Name
Padparadscha sapphires gain their moniker from a Sinhalese word meaning aqua lotus blossom, pictured here. Almost defying an accurate expression--padparadscha sapphire exquisitely balances pink with orange in a peachy symphony of color.
Origin of such rare stones are more than simply interesting tidbits. Their 'determination of origin' as its called also affects their value. The gigantic padparadscha sapphire shown here is approximately 28.04 carats in size. Mounted in its diamond ring setting, its weight was estimated in its mounting--therefore the 'approximate' size designation.
That's a Pricey Rock
Padparadschas are not only rare in their occurrence but are most often found in small sizes. It's known that stones over 2 carats are exceedingly rare. This ginormous rock sold in 2017 at Christie's Hong Kong for nearly $2,470,00. US.
Its origin was determined to be from Sri Lanka, which produces the most coveted padparadscha sapphires in the world. This luscious variety was first found in Sri Lanka hundreds of years back.
Look a Little Deeper
Important stones like this most often have a paper trail back to their origin so their place of discovery can be substantiated. But even without that provenance, experts tell us that the material found in Sri Lanka bears tell-tale inclusions indicating its place of origin.
Every picture tells a story, don't it?