Jeffrey M. Bertman
Graduate Gemologist

Those born in the month of September should know that their birthstones need not necessarily be blue. The rarest and most valuable color of sapphire is the pinkish orange found in the “padparadscha.” This fancy sapphire from Sri Lanka derives its name from the Sinhalese word for the lotus flower. Buddhists regard the pink lotus as the “supreme lotus.” However, a sapphire must display both pink and orange hues to be a true padparadscha. As with any sapphire, the more vivid the colors, the more prized the stone. It can range from a light to medium tone and from a pinkish orange to orange-pink. If the color tends to looks brownish, it may lose its designation as a padparadscha. The padparadscha sapphire is one of the most delicate and exciting gemstones. It is highly desired by those who appreciate fine jewelry. This is the place to mark the meaningful moments of your life!

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