What You Didn't Know About Padparadscha
Good to Know
We understand padparadscha sapphires are rare for some obvious reasons. Their magnificently nuanced hues rarely occur in nature--making these stones one of the most expensive colored gems-per-carat in the world.
See them Sparkle
Those most desirable padparadscha sapphires exhibit a delicate mixutre of both orange and pink, rendering an almost indefinable hue. But did you know that most padparadschas tend to be cleaner than another corundum beauty, the ruby? It's this nearly inclusion-free trait that gives the jewel a dazzling display of brilliance.
Mined in crystal rough sizes similar to those of ruby, padparadschas fires the imagination of world-class designers. A super large padparadcha does exist--see the 100.18-ct oval at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Pick the Rarest of the Rare
If you're taking notes, understand that top-grade padparadschas above 2-cts are considered a further rarity. Those over 5-cts; well, you've found a world-class stunner.
Now, you're wondering where you can get a hold of these, aren't you? Originally sourced in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) they have now turned up in Viet Nam, Tanzania, even Madagascar.
Where the Treasures Are
Or you could trust the experts at OMI Prive who scour the globe for the best-of-the best each year and place them in mountings suitable for the rare treasures that they are.
Shown here, a sumptous 5.01-ct cushion padparadscha caressed by exquisite white diamonods nestled in a custom setting of Platinum and 18K rose gold. MSRP; $250,000. Sigh.