Moreshine Gemstone
Moreshine Gemstone


Padparadscha Sapphire is a Sapphire which has “Pinkish Orange” color, it is an ancient name with a meaning of “Lotus Flower”.

The color of this type of a Sapphire is still a big debate, but the one known so far is “pinkish orange”. The biggest market for this sapphire is in Japan. Most of reputed labs are in Japan. Once they check them and approve, it is accepted everywhere.

Is Padparadscha a Ruby or Sapphire?

Many years ago, Padparadscha was grouped as a Ruby. But for ruby to be a ruby it has to be red, or dominated with red color for corundum in order to be considered as a ruby.

Characteristics of Padparadscha Sapphire

  • It is a scarce commodity compared to “fine sapphire” which has its origin in Kashmir or Burmese Ruby.
  • It is a high priced commodity because is high demand and scarcity.
  • This type of sapphire is found in Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

By these reasons below, sapphire will not be considered as a padparadscha

  • If the stone has any color modification other than pinkish orange, the stone is not considered as padparadscha.
  • If the stone has been treated by lattice diffusion. This treatment is when a layer of color is diffused into the sapphire body by chemicals. 
  • If the sapphire has been treated by irradiation.
  • If the sapphire has been dyed, coated, sputtered, painted or varnished

Note that both heated and unheated sapphires are termed as Padparadscha.