Chatham Spotlight - The Padparadscha

Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 5:12 pm by Diamond Jim

Padparadscha, the gemstone with few peers. Its pinkish orange color reminds one of a sunset...distinct but with an ever changing hue. Highly polished yellow 14 kt gold gracefully mirror the curves of the flame-cut stone set off with diamond melee. It is pink-orange corundum, with a low to medium saturation and light tone, originally being mined in Sri Lanka, but also found in deposits in Vietnam and parts of Africa. Padparadscha sapphires are rare; the rarest of all is the totally natural variety, with no sign of treatment. The name is derived from the Sanskrit/Sinhalese "padma raga" (padma = lotus; raga = color), a color akin to the lotus flower (Nelumbo nucifera ‘Speciosa’).