Without a doubt, the natural Padparadscha Sapphire is one of the rarest and most precious gemstones. It’s important not just lies in its rarity and breath-taking beauty, but also due to the powerful healing properties it has on the person who wears it.
The rare Padparadscha gem is amongst the most highly desired gemstones. Its strikingly beautiful orange and pink color makes this gemstone hugely popular at an international level. Japanese have a special affection for this gemstone and it is of great religious importance to them.
The genuine Padparadscha Sapphire mainly comes from the mining location of Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Tanzania. According to the gem experts, the finest quality Padparadscha Sapphire gemstones are resourced from the Sri Lankan mines. Gems from Madagascar are slightly pinker than orange. Therefore, the deep pink-orange Padparadscha from Madagascar can be the next most preferred choice.
Padparadscha color is undoubtedly the most important quality determining factor. Generally, a medium toned pink-orange or orange pink Padparadscha sapphire with a perfect balance of pink and orange is considered most desirable. Many time, the buyers get confused between the orange sapphire and peach Padparadscha sapphire, as they closely resemble each other. In such situations, one must rely on the lab certificate to ensure the authenticity of the gemstone.
Padparadscha is classified as a Type II clarity gemstone that is likely to have few eye visible inclusion in the form of rutile silk, fingerprints, hexagonal growth and color zoning. Because of its light hue, inclusions can be easily traced from the naked eyes. Therefore, one should look for eye clean pieces. But sometimes, buyers may have to sacrifice on high clarity in order to find a stone with exceptional color quality.
Due to the extreme scarcity of Padparadscha sapphire rough, this gemstone is often cut and shaped to conserve maximum weight. Round and emerald cut Padparadscha sapphire are less common whereas oval and cushion cut gems are more easily available because theses cutting style retain maximum weight. Padparadscha rough which is not clean enough to facet is often shaped into cabochons (non-faceted gems with a well-polished dome). The best quality Padparadscha cabochons may appear transparent with nice, symmetrical domes.
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