The blue sapphire may be the most well-known but sapphires come in every colour of the rainbow. And a natural padparadscha sapphire is the rarest colour of them all. Waldemar Jewellers can source you the highest quality natural padparadscha sapphire and create a custom piece of fine jewellery just for you.


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What is a Padparadscha sapphire?

A padparadscha sapphire is a unique and rare variety of sapphires. What sets padparadscha sapphires apart is their distinctive colour, which is a delicate blend of pink and orange, reminiscent of the colours of a sunset or a lotus blossom. The name “padparadscha” is derived from the Sinhalese word for lotus blossom.

Padparadscha sapphires are highly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs due to their rarity and exceptional beauty. The exact colour range of padparadscha sapphires can vary, with some stones leaning more towards pink or orange, and others exhibiting a balanced blend of both colours. The scarcity of these stones, combined with their unique colouration, contributes to their high value in the gem market.

Sri Lanka, also known as Ceylon, is historically known as a primary source for padparadscha sapphires, but these gems have also been found in other regions such as Madagascar and parts of East Africa. It’s important to note that the distinction between a true padparadscha sapphire and a regular pink or orange sapphire can be subjective and sometimes contentious within the gem industry. The specific hue, tone, and saturation of the colour play a significant role in determining whether a sapphire qualifies as a padparadscha.

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If you have your heart set of creating a custom piece of fine jewellery with a Blue Sapphire, see our Blue Sapphire Guide. Blue Sapphires pair beautifully with diamonds and are a popular alternative choice for a blue sapphire engagement ring.

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The 4 C’s of Fancy Coloured Sapphires

Our proficiency in determining the quality of fancy coloured precious gemstones is one of the reasons we have earned the reputation of being Sydney’s best jeweller. When assessing the quality of sapphire, we follow the four C’s; cut, colour, clarity and carat weight.

Cut: The beauty of this gemstone can be wholly enhanced by the right cut. The cutter will focus on colour zoning, pleochroism, and the lightness or darkness of the gem.

Colour: The quality of sapphire colour is based on the assessment of hue, tone and saturation.

Clarity: Sapphires often have some inclusions. The value of the sapphire can drop if inclusions threaten the stone’s durability. 

Carat Weight & Size: Sapphires are measured by size as well as carat, due to their varying densities.

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