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Non – Traditional Sapphire Colors

September is the perfect time to let your sapphire jewelry shine  but did you know there were more hues than blue available? Non-traditional sapphires like the J.B. Star pink, purple and padparadscha hues available at Borsheims are truly remarkable.

Learn a bit more about their origins and history then hear from Rodney Brommel, Borsheims sales associate, for more intel about the three Ps of non-traditional sapphire colors.

Pink Sapphires

Ranging in color from pale pink to intense magenta, pink sapphires have become more widely available after a deposit in Madagascar was discovered in the late 1990s. The most popular pink sapphires have a saturated purplish-red hue, often referred to as “hot pink” or “bubblegum pink”.  Traces of chromium and titanium give these sapphires a purplish pink hue.

Purple Sapphires

Slightly more obscure due to the availability of other purple gemstones, purple sapphires are a blended hue with incredible durability and brilliance. Many of these sapphires show subtle shifts in color under different kinds of lighting, making them popular with gemstone aficionados.

Padparadscha Sapphires

Last but not least, the extremely rare padparadscha sapphire. Derived from the Sinhalese word for aquatic lotus blossom, padparadscha sapphires are a lovely salmon pinky-orange hue. Padparadschas are mainly found in Sri Lanka, as well as Madagascar and Tanzania. The extreme scarcity of this sapphire means that cut stones will be shaped to conserve as much material as possible, sometimes resulting in unusual, asymmetrical cuts.

We are so proud to have truly special sapphires from J.B. Star in our store, especially a padparadscha with such a brilliant coloring without any treatments.