Considering a Padparadscha Sapphire
Bridget and I were taking a walk last Sunday afternoon and she was telling me about her upcoming trip to Sri Lanka. As she fantasised about evenings on the beach, trips up into the tea plantations and relaxing days exploring the ancient temples, she turned to me and asked me if I would consider coming.
The thought really exited me but I knew it was impossible at this point in time. When she saw my reservation she tried to tempt me further by suggesting we go on the hunt for padparadscha sapphire engagement rings.
I have to be honest and say that I was unsure if I had even heard of a padparadscha sapphire but I was rather intrigued to find out more. When I got home I sat down to research exactly what this ‘new to me’ gemstone had to offer.
Why Are Padparadscha Sapphire Engagement Rings Special?
Thankfully I learned that I am not the only one to be in the dark with regards the padparadscha sapphire. These gemstones are relatively little known and although the experts revere them, their rarity makes them rather exclusive.
The term padparadscha comes form the Singhalese word for aquatic lotus blossom, which I found rather romantic.
And their unusual colour, which is pinky orange, I found somewhat exotic.
While researching these beautiful stones I wasn’t surprised to discover that there was much contention over the degree of pink or orange that of these sapphires must be if they are to qualify as a padparadscha sapphire. What many experts do seem to agree on, however, is that the true padparadscha sapphire comes only from Sri Lanka. Suddenly the idea of joining Bridget became even more appealing. The Sri Lankan padparadscha sapphires are certainly very desirable, but stones with a more pinky hue that are still classed as padparadscha sapphires are now also being produced in Madagascar, and for a lower price.
How Is Clarity Affected in The Padparadscha Sapphire?
Sapphire engagement rings have to have a stone with good clarity and I wondered about the clarity of padparadscha sapphires, considering their light colour and potential revealing of inclusions. Cloudiness on the other hand will affect the delicate colour. I supposed then that if you were searching for a stone of such rarity you might have to sacrifice a preference for high clarity in order to keep a quality of colour.
I looked at some padparadscha sapphire engagement rings on the Internet and saw that they were generally cut into unusual asymmetrical cuts. I realised that the scarcity of the stones meant that the cut should really conserve as much of the original material as possible and on further research I saw how the chosen cuts definitely reflected this.
When F came home I showed him some examples of padparadscha sapphire engagement rings and he seemed quite excited about the rarity and uniqueness of the stone and its colour. He did say too that he had chatted briefly to one of our designers who had said that, like most other sapphires, these were often treated to enhance their colour and that you had to be very careful that the original stone was indeed a padparadscha sapphire and not just a poorly coloured pink one.
He had a point but it didn’t put me off adding a few of these little beauties to my ever-increasing Pinterest board.