This round unheated/untreated Padparadscha sapphire was mined and faceted in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka. It was then certified by the Gemmological Institute of Columbo http://www.gicolombo.com/index.html , one of the most prestigous labs in Asia
Padparadscha sapphire is a unique and the most desired color of corundum, featuring an often delicate color that is a mixture of red and yellow – a marriage between ruby and yellow sapphire. Often though question of just what qualifies as this princely kiss of “padparadscha” color is a matter of debate, even among experts in the trade.
Prices for Padparadscha’s vary greatly according to size and quality. At the top end, they may reach as much as US$50,000 per carat.
For many years now, padparadscha has been narrowly defined by Western gemologists as a Sri Lankan sapphire of delicate pinkish orange color. The term padparadscha is actually a corruption of the Sanskrit/Singhalese padmaraga (padma = lotus; raga = color), a color akin to the lotus flower.
This lovely specimen is VS in clarity with only small traces of silk and needle inclusions visible to the naked eye