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About PadparadschaHide

'apricot' and 'pink' in colour, and usually has a slight brownish tinge also
The term was derived through the Gernlan language from padmaragaya (padma = lotus, raga = color), the yellow-pink Oriental lotus (nelumbo nucifera).
A variety of Sapphire

A salmon-pink coloured gem sapphire.

It is GIA's opinion that this color range should be limited to light to medium tones of pinlzish orange to orange-pinlz hues. Lacking delicacy, the dark brownish orange or even medium brownish orange tones of corundum from East Africa would not qualify under this definition. Deep orangy red sapphires, likewise, would not qualify as fitting the term padparadscha. see: Crowningshield (1983)

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Physical Properties of PadparadschaHide

'apricot' and 'pink' in colour, and usually has a slight brownish tinge also
Natural material contains Fe and Cr. The concentration of Cr3+ increased from 'apricot' to 'pink'.

Chemical Properties of PadparadschaHide


Synonyms of PadparadschaHide

Other InformationHide

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for PadparadschaHide

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Crowningshield, R. (1983). Padparadscha: What's in a name. Gems el Gemology, 19(1), 30-36.
Troup, G. J., Hutton, D. R., & Turner, B. (1992). Magnetic resonance distinction between synthetic and natural “padparadscha” sapphires. Gemmology, 97.

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Localities for PadparadschaHide

This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • Alaotra-Mangoro
    • Ambatondrazaka
      • Didy
Peretti, A., FGG, F., & Hahn, L. (2012). Record-breaking discovery of ruby and sapphire at the Didy mine in Madagascar: Investigating the source. InColor Fall/Winter, 22-35.
  • Central Region
    • Ntcheu
Henn, U., Bank, H., & Bank, F. H. (1990). Red and orange corundum (ruby and padparadscha) from Malawi. Journal of Gemmology, 22(2), 83-89.
  • Kachin State
    • Mohnyin District (Moe Hnyin District)
      • Hpakant Township (Hpakan; Phakant; Phakan)
Aung, H. L., & Zin, T. T. (2017, November). Exploring Gemstones in Northern Part of Myanmar. In International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computing (pp. 182-188). Springer, Singapore.
Sri Lanka
  • Sabaragamuwa Province
    • Ratnapura District
  • Tanga Region
Henn, U., Bank, H., & Bank, F. H. (1990). Red and orange corundum (ruby and padparadscha) from Malawi. Journal of Gemmology, 22(2), 83-89.
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