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  • Catalogue Essay

    Very few people know that padparadscha belongs to the same corundum family where blue sapphires and rubies are from. Apart from ruby, Padparadscha is the only member who has its own designated name where ‘padma’ translates to a lotus flower species from Sinhalese. This petals of this flower display both orange and pink colours, this is also what makes padparadscha a singular gemstone of unique charm – its colour ranges from light to medium tones of pinkish orange to orange pink hues.
    For a gemstone to achieve this delicate balance of hues, both the chemical elements present and its cutting plays a vital role. This spectacular specimen of close to 20 carats is one that represents such a rare accomplishment. Also free from heat treatment which is common among corundum, this padparadscha sapphire from Sri Lanka is imbued with a natural pinkish orange glow. The ring is also carefully designed to keep the metal at a minimum, allowing diamonds to float around the ‘padma’ like lotus leaves in water, heightening its ethereal beauty.

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A Rare and Exceptional Padparadscha Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Size 6

Estimate
HK$1,900,000 - 2,400,000 
$240,000-300,000

Contact Specialist
Terry Chu
Head of Jewellery, Asia, Senior Director
+852 2318 2038

Jewels & Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019