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Padparadscha & Peach Sapphires - Best Alternative to Diamond Engagement Rings

July 29, 2017

Padparadscha & Peach Sapphires - Best Alternative to Diamond Engagement Rings

Padparadscha & Peach Saphires - The Ethical Alternative

The Peach Sapphire is one of the most sought after gemstones for engagement rings, gem collectors, or anyone looking for an alternative to a traditional diamond. The term Peach Sapphire refers to a unique subset of the “fancy sapphire” family that has a balanced saturation of pink and orange hues versus the traditional blue hue for which sapphires are most commonly known. Sapphires have been used in fine jewelry for centuries not only because they naturally occur in a variety of beautiful colors, but because they are extremely durable. Sapphires are among the hardest minerals, ranking a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness. There are only two minerals which rank higher; the highest on the Mohs scale is the diamond which is rated 10, moissanite is next at 9.5. The beauty and durability of sapphires make them an excellent choice for engagement rings. Rare natural colored sapphires usually hold or increase in value, making them superb investments.

Sapphires can be found on several continents, however there are only a few countries which produce “Peach” sapphires making them quite rare compared to the traditional Blue Sapphire. Origin isn’t necessarily an indicator of quality, however some mines are known to produce a larger percentage of high quality sapphires. After years of buying Peach Sapphires from various locations around the world- including Madagascar and Tanzania, we have been most impressed with the gorgeous Peach Sapphires we have purchased from Sri Lanka. Our best suppliers in Sri Lanka know each person involved in the mining and cutting processes involved in bringing a sapphire to market, insuring ethical standards through a transparent supply chain.

Peach Sapphires are very unique in that no two are alike. Hue, saturation, cut, clarity and carat weight all play a role in quality and value of peach sapphires. Within the “Peach Sapphire” category the colors range from those with an even mix of orange and pink others with less of one of those colors. Gems with less pink are coined ‘peach champagne’ color, and those with more pink which we refer to as ‘blush peach’. Sapphires are one of many gemstones that are routinely heat treated to enhance the color or saturation of the gemstone. When done correctly heat treating does not affect the hardness or durability of the sapphire, it simply enhances the color of the gemstone. ‘Unheated’ sapphires maintain the natural color of the rough sapphire crystal, making them more rare and valuable than heated sapphires. Most of the peach sapphires in our inventory are unheated and come out of the ground with their beautiful pastel color.


Another option within the peach sapphire color family is the highly coveted Padparadscha Sapphire; the most prized of the “fancy sapphire” family. A Padparadscha is a natural sapphire that ranges in color from a delicate orange to deep pastel pink hue. The name Padparadscha is derived from the Sinhalese word “padmaragaya” which translates to lotus bloom or lotus color. The Sinhalese people are the largest ethnic group in Sri Lanka, where most Padparadscha sapphires are found. The term “Padparadscha” typically refers to a Padparadscha sapphire originating from Sri Lanka, but East Africa (more specifically Tanzania) has been producing some similarly rare and beautiful Padparadscha sapphires as well so the term “African Padparadscha” is typically used to describe such sapphires originating from Africa.

A Peach Sapphire engagement ring is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a truly unique piece of jewelry that sets them apart from their peers. At Baxter Moerman we have experienced high demand for peach sapphires for use in custom engagement rings set in rose gold. This color combination of coppery rose gold and light peach sapphire compliment each other perfectly.


Baxter Moerman is a boutique retailer of top quality rare Peach Sapphires. We create custom pieces as well as offer individual gemstone sales. Check out our selection of finished Peach Sapphire jewelry, or call us about customizing the perfect piece with one of our available loose peach sapphires. Baxter Moerman Jewelry takes pride in the use of ethically sourced gemstones and recycled metals. We are members of Ethical Metalsmiths; an organization whose mission is to raise awareness and activate people who make jewelry to support real change that leads to responsible mining and supply chain transparency. Working with trusted suppliers within the industry we purchase only the best and most beautiful materials for every piece. Each one a work of art patiently designed and executed with heirloom quality, intended to be worn and enjoyed for a lifetime.






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