1 June 2006
PROPERTY OF AN ASIAN COLLECTOR
A PADPARADSCHA SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING
The oval-shaped padparadscha sapphire weighing 22.43 carats flanked on either side by oval-shaped diamonds, mounted in 18k gold, ring size 5
With report no. 0508132 dated 29 August 2005 from the Gübelin Gemmological Laboratory stating that the padparadshca sapphire is of Sri Lankan origin, with no indications of heating.
Accompanied by a note stating that 'Unite the colour of a Sri Lankan lotus flower with the colours of a fiery sunset and the delicate orange-pink shade of the padparadscha is born. The unusual name "padparadscha" derives from the Sanskrit/Singhalese "padma raga" or lotus blossom, and is a reflection of the stone's exotic appearance.
The question regarding the true colour of padparadscha sapphire is an old and controversial topic that has caused a great deal of discussion among gemstone experts. This striking gem is a special member of the corundum family featuring a delicate, pastel colour, which is best defined as a blend between pink and orange.
The name padparadscha hints at the stone's origin. The island of Sri Lanka (formely Ceylon) situated off the southern-most coast of India, in the Indian Ocean was the first source of these remarkable gems. For more than 2000 years the island has been known as a haven for precious gems, and is since long regarded as "Ratna Dweepa", the Island of Gems. Other sources may also include Vietnam, Tanzania and Madagascar
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