Exotic padparadscha sapphire has the ethereal orange-pink color of the sacred lotus blossom. This rare and coveted sapphire is the symbol of peace and enlightenment. Chatham’s lab-grown padparadscha sapphires have the lovely classic lotus color and pure clarity seen in only the best of mined gems.
True padparadscha sapphire is very rare in nature. Most jewelers have never even seen one! Chatham makes the beauty of this exotic gem much more available with lab-grown padparadscha that has the sought-after color of the very best of mined gems. Growing padparadscha sapphire crystals takes a lengthy process of about six months. We start with a naturally mined seed of fine Sri Lankan padparadscha. We create the perfect environment so the crystals grow large and clean. When we cut the crystals, we cut away about 80% of the rough for optimum color and clarity. The result is a faceted padparadscha sapphire that rivals the mined gems you see in museums. And because they are created in our labs, they have less of an impact on the environment.
In a world where most people think that sapphires only come in blue, the padparadscha sapphire is an exotic rarity. Named after the Sinhalese word for lotus blossom, padparadscha have a color that is in between pink and orange, a color seen in the lotus. It’s a sunrise or sunset color, with both orange and red hues reflecting in its facets in a bewitching way.