Padparadscha (Sapphire)

  • Hardness

    9.0 on the Mohs scale.

  • Occurrence

    Sri Lanka (Ceylon).

  • Appearance

    Extremely rare and sought after, padparadscha is the pinkish orange sapphire. The name is Sinhalese for "lotus blossum".

  • Enhancements

    Padparadscha is always heat treated to produce, intensify or lighten color and/or improve color uniformity and appearance.

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  • Gemstone Family

    Padparadscha is a member of the Sapphire gemstone family.