The Padparadscha Sapphire is a rare gem very similar in hue and brilliant to a Pink Sapphire. Padparadscha vary in shade from other Sapphires as they contains combined shades of both orange and pink, giving them deep and versatile tones. The Padparadscha Sapphire is, in fact, named after the Singhalese word for aquatic lotus blossom, renowned for its distinctive salmon color. Clarity and cut have to be adjusted for each one in order to maximize their beautifully variant qualities, so this stone is often found in unusual or asymmetrical cuts and as a result of their pastel shades, inclusions become more visible, so these wonderful gems are generally very clean and clear to the eye. The combination of these rare and extraordinary qualities make the Padparadscha Sapphire one of the most sought after and expensive gems in the world.
Padparadshas as beautiful as they may be, they come in small sizes reaching about 2-3 carats on average. But let size not deter you because these gems can come in exceptional clarity and color ranges and can be some of the most expensive stones, reaching prices close to that of rubies and emeralds. The largest Padparadsha to ever be unearthed is now housed in the American Museum of Natural History and weighs 100.18cts. Intrinsically linked to the Sinhalese culture, this rare pinkish orange naturally colored gem is truly a gift of mother nature. Padparadsha sapphires have also been mined from other sources like Africa.