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Q.
What is padparadscha and how is it pronounced?
- Oleta
A.
Padparadscha is pronounced "pad-pa-rod-sha." Padparadscha is a pinkish-orange to orangy-pink colored stone in the sapphire or corundum family of minerals. It has a low to medium saturation of color with a light tone. Originally it was mined only in Sri Lanka, and now deposits are also found in Vietnam and Africa. Padparadscha sapphires are very rare, and highly valued for their subtle blend of soft pink and orange hues. The name originated from the Sinhalese word for lotus blossom. Along with rubies, padparadscha sapphires are the only corundums to be given their own name instead of being called a particular colored sapphire. The rarest, and most valuable of all padparadschas is the totally natural variety, with no beryllium or other treatment and no heating.

Swarovski® also carries a faceted crystal called padparadscha to resemble the color of the stone.

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