Gemstone of the Month: Padparadscha Sapphire

July 04, 2018 Allison Bray

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If you’re looking for an exotically rare gem in millennial pink, this month’s gemstone is going to take your breath away. 
Padparadcha sapphires are one of the rarest forms of sapphires. Unlike the more recognisable rich royal blue of traditional sapphires, the padparadscha is made up of a spectrum of pink and orange hues. This salmon-toned gem hails from Sri Lanka, where it gets it’s name from the Sinhalese word for ‘aquatic lotus blossom.’
One of the most wonderful things about padparadscha sapphires can also be their downside. The beautifully pastel tone of the gem lets in light beautifully but isn’t able to hide inclusions very well. This means that the clarity and cut is very important if you want your gem to look it’s best. 

Worn best with… 

We think the gorgeously warm pink and orange tones of padparadscha sapphires sit beautifully well with gold toned metals. 
The distinctive but delicate hue also makes the gem wonderfully versatile. It’s most certainly special enough to be worn as a statement piece of evening jewellery, but we think it can also be a subtle addition to a daytime glam dressed down look.

Famous padparadcha sapphires… 

Padparadscha sapphires have enjoyed a media spotlight over recent months thanks to the reveal of Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring.
The princess’ ring features a large oval cut padparadscha sapphire surrounded by a cluster of diamonds. 

More inspiration… 

True padparadscha sapphires are very rare, which means it may not be possible to get your hands on one! If you love the look, why not take a gander at some of our more traditionally coloured sapphire jewellery… or perhaps even some of our pink tourmaline gems which have a padparadscha-esque feel to them.
Curved Silver Ring with Sapphire | Medium Ball Studs with Sapphire Gem Beads | Blossom Bangle Pink Tourmaline | Kissing Bunnies Pendant with Pink Tourmaline

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