Padparadscha Sapphires: The Sunset Gemstone

Images Courtesy of Omigem

Images Courtesy of Omigems

A few years ago, I was teaching a yoga class and I noticed one of my student’s engagement rings. It was stunning. Honestly, I had never seen a stone quite that color before! When she told me it was a Padparadscha sapphire, I was obsessed.

Over the past few years, I’ve had a lot of fun designing cocktail rings engagement rings with alternative materials. From stunning opals to rose gold, I love playing around with unique and  eye-catching metals and stones. So when one of my client’s emailed me about designing a Padparadscha Sapphire ring for her, I couldn’t be more excited.

Yes, I’ve been getting more requests to design with one of the rarest sapphires in the world: Padparadscha sapphires.

How fun is that?
Padparadscha” somes from the Sanskirt phrase “padma raga” meaning “lotus color.”

Can you guess why?

If you haven’t heard of them, padparadscha sapphires are the perfect marriage of ruby and yellow sapphires, resulting in a gem with the pink-orange hue of a sunset.

In fact, what makes padparadscha sapphires so interesting is their color: Jewelers and gemologists have never quite agreed on a “standard” padparadscha color range.

From bright lotus pinks to salmon to deep orange, you’ll rarely find a padparadscha that’s evenly colored.


Hailing from Sri Lanka and Madagascar, these gorgeous gemstones have come to represent joy, vital energy, and foresight. Their gorgeous sunset color is now known to inspire a sense of calmness and purpose in the wearer, and their rarity in nature has made them all the most sought-after. Their color and rarity have made padparadscha sapphires an in-demand diamond engagement ring alternative.

This perfectly imperfect gemstone is certainly gaining popularity with my clients, and I have to say, I cannot wait to work with one of these precious stones! Their color truly would lend itself to many a metal hue. (I can already imagine a gorgeous rose gold setting!)

I’d love to help you create your very own padparadscha sapphires. When you’re ready, go here to get started.


  1. Sophia on January 17, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I love your blog, I’m a new bloger from Ourania Jewelry which is one of custom fashion jewelry manufacture in China.
    Your blog leave a lot of inspiration for my blog write. Thanks

  2. Imam on May 14, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Very interesting article about padparadscha sapphires and I would like to inform you that I have the capacity of supplying these species of sapphire mainly Padparadscha in regular basis.
    Interested Kindle advice 🙂
    From Sri Lanka

  3. suraj mehta on August 22, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Very strong content about padparadscha sapphires. I was looking for the same knowledge. surely it will help me to understand the role of jewelry in fashion. Thanks for sharing this.

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