Centrally mounted with an oval padparadscha weighing approximately 74cts, this 18k rose gold ring offers a diamond mounted surround and trifurcated shoulders. Certified by SSEF, this Ceylonese origin pastel sapphire is described as “possessing extraordinary characteristics that merit special attention and appreciation.” Of impressive weight and size with outstanding purity, the color of this Sri Lancan padparadscha is highly characteristic for this rare variety of corundum. Exhibiting zero treatments for color or clarity, this virgin GIA certified padparadscha is featured in report number 65177 dated 3rd October 2012, issued by the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute described as displaying a “homogenous delicate orange-pink color.”
The name padparadscha is derived from Sanskrit: ‘padma’ meaning lotus, and ‘raga’ meaning color since it resembles the famed and beautiful lotus flower of Sri Lanka where the source of these remarkable gems was first discovered. Belonging to the corundum family, the slight presence of particular trace elements determines color; while sapphires are tinted with iron and rubies with chromium, padparadschas are honored by a combination of both. This ring will be auctioned in Hong Kong at Christies on 28th May 2013.