Lab Created Padparadscha : Rare, Pink-Organe Sapphire
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Named after the pink and orange tropical lotus flower, the padparadscha sapphire is amongst the world’s most unique and rare stones. Sought after by bold and discerning customers, creating jewellery with padparadscha could quite literally put your business on the map.
But as you know, padparadscha is incredibly hard to source since it is only mined in three locations around the world. What’s more, jewellers have to be wary of treatments used to create padparadscha-like colours in other, more common sapphires.
However, the lab-grown market is also just as difficult to navigate, with resellers and manufacturers flooding the market with stones that vary in grade, quality and price.
If you get stuck with lab-grown padparadscha that isn’t the right pink-orange colour, you can’t bring your designs to life. Worse, poor-quality stones with pits and blemishes can completely discredit the reputation you worked so hard to build.
So if you want reliable access to the exclusive padparadscha sapphire and to lead the market with luxury, sustainable jewellery, you’re going to want to learn about how BIRON®’s lab-grown stones can transform your business.
The BIRON® Difference
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Upon first glance of a BIRON® lab-grown padparadscha stone, all you will notice is its reflective, adamantine lustre and distinct colour.
But behind that stone is a sustainable laboratory that uses the same natural levels of iron and chromium to replicate the distinct pink and orange colours of a natural padparadscha stone.
Your current customers will love that they can now access such high-quality
sustainable padparadscha with ease.
And now, you can also attract new customers who increasingly value ethically sourced and sustainable gems.
Available in colours ranging from delicate light pink to salmon and more saturated pink-orange “sunset” tones, BIRON® padparadscha boasts little to no inclusions.
Backed by 35-years of experience in gemstones sourcing, we are trusted by clients all over the world for both our gemstone and business integrity — inspecting each and every stone before delivery so that you can stay true to your art and fulfil your orders.
Make Your Jewels Stand Out
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Princess Eugene of the United Kingdom was famously given a padparadscha engagement ring in 2018. The rarest of all the sapphires, the world was enamoured by the unique pink and orange sapphire that glittered in front of the cameras.
Since then, the stone has become highly sought after by not only royalty and the world’s elite, but those who want a unique statement piece — whether that is an engagement ring or pendant necklace.
Need more inspiration?
Named after the lotus flower which grows in muddy waters and rises above the surface to bloom, padparadscha also represents beauty in spite of hardship and serves as a symbol of purity. Just imagine the bold yet delicate designs that can blossom from this auspicious meaning.
Partnering with BIRON®, you can now secure the premium, lab-grown gems that your new, discerning and eco-conscious customer craves for every occasion.
Get in touch with our specialists today to learn more about how we can transform your business.
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More About Lab Created Padparadscha
What is a padparadscha?
A padparadscha is a rare type of pink-orange sapphire made up of the same hard crystallised mineral known as corundum and comes in a beautiful mix of pink and orange. The unique colouration of this gemstone is caused by the trace elements of chromium and iron and makes it one of the rarest in the world.
The popularity of padparadscha gemstones came to light in 2018 with Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring. A cross between a ruby and yellow sapphire, the colour of a padparadscha is delicate, unlike the intense saturation of other coloured gemstones. This pink-orange sapphire’s name comes from the Sanskrit/Singhalese “padmaraga” which is a colour similar to that of a lotus blossom.
The original locality of the padparadscha gemstone is in Sri Lanka. Padparadschas have also been found in Tanzania and Madagascar. These gemstones can come in more orange or brown hues, which makes it difficult to distinguish the identity of a loose stone as a padparadscha. There is no set boundary in the pink-orange colour spectrum that can definitively identify a gemstone as a padparadscha if it is too light or dark.
What is lab-grown padparadscha?
Lab-grown padparadschas colour range. Photo credit: PANTON
Created padparadscha gemstones are man-made sapphires that are unique to the pink-orange colouration and grown in a laboratory under controlled conditions. The chemical, physical and optical properties are identical to natural sapphires, making synthetic padparadschas created in a lab real gemstones. They can have little to no inclusions and often present as completely clean to the naked eye. They can also differ in colour and saturation. Lab-grown gemstones are eco-friendly and humane as they are unmined.
Natural padparadschas are highly rare and mined from the earth. They are formed through natural processes that are the same as other coloured sapphires whereby different impurities result in different colour, clarity and shape. Cut stones of natural padparadschas are usually heat-treated for better colour presentation.
What are the benefits of created padparadschas?
Synthetic pink padparadschas that are lab-grown can capture the unique pink-orange hue it is known for in any carat weight.
Due to the light-coloured nature of the padparadscha, obtaining high clarity is paramount as inclusions can easily show. A lab-created padparadscha can mean a gemstone with little to no inclusions and can more properly reflect its delicate colour with brilliance.
Padparadscha gemstones that are man-made with the same chemical, physical and optical properties as their natural counterpart provide more surface area to cut from a greater carat size to avoid asymmetrical cuts. Natural padparadschas are often cut asymmetrically to preserve as much of the stone as possible.
Our pink-orange sapphires are created in a lab to ensure demand can be met for wholesalers, suppliers, retailers, jewellery brands, and designers. They can be created at a faster pace, at a lower cost, that does not affect the earth.
A lotus flower and a sunset in Sri Lanka. Photos credit: Wimon Manorotkul (left) & Richard W. Hughes (right)/LOTUSGEMOLOGY
How are artificial padparadschas made?
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Artificial padparadschas can be made in a laboratory through the Czochralski method.
This is a type of melt process that involves melting nutrients in a heated container. A seed is dipped into the melt and synthetic crystals slowly grow from it as it is gradually pulled away from the melt to create artificial gemstones.
A synthetic padparadscha sapphire can also be made by the following less common methods: flux melt, hydrothermal and Verneuil.
FAQs on Lab Made Padparadscha
Are lab-grown padparadschas real?
Yes. Padparadscha sapphires created in a laboratory have the same chemical composition as natural padparadscha gemstones. Lab-grown padparadschas are real and unmined and have the same optics and physical form as a natural pink sapphire.
Are lab-created padparadschas valuable?
Yes. Lab-grown padparadschas are equally valuable for their hard durability that comes after that of the diamond and unique pink-orange colour. Greater clarity can be achieved with little to no inclusions that cater to designers, jewellery brands and retailers. Popular in the engagement ring industry, padparadschas that are created with man-made processes can be 100% consistent with naturally-mined gemstones. These gemstones hold a high-quality finish at a lower cost and have strong roots in eco-sustainability and humanitarianism.
Are lab padparadschas as durable as mined padparadschas?
Yes. Man-made padparadschas grown in a laboratory have the exact same durability as that of natural pink-orange sapphire counterparts, which is rated 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Their chemical, physical and optical properties are identical with trace elements of chromium and iron that are replicated in a controlled environment.
Do manufactured padparadschas contain inclusions?
Created padparadschas grown in a controlled environment can obtain the rare pink-orange hue of a natural padparadscha with perfect clarity. A pure gemstone can be made through artificial processes with little to no inclusions.
What are the differences between lab, natural, and simulated padparadschas?
Synthetic padparadschas are real pink-orange sapphires that hold identical chemical composition, and optical and physical characteristics as natural padparadscha gemstones. They are real but unmined, can have little to no inclusions and are shaped from lab-created uncut gemstones.
Natural padparadschas grow in the earth naturally and are mined. They are found in the rough and have inclusions or visual variations due to the gemstone’s unpredictable growth process and mineral composition. Unique natural fine gemstones are available for sale, on our platform.
Simulated padparadschas, also known as imitation, are not the same as lab-grown padparadschas, due to their difference in composition. They are physically and chemically different, constituted of man-made material that can be of natural or artificial origin. Imitation gemstones are significantly cheaper than synthetic or natural gemstones and can look like natural or lab-created ones.
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