You probably already know colorful engagement rings are all the rage (thanks to Duchess Kate). But one color in particular is having a serious moment on Pinterest right now: the padparadscha sapphire. This rare gem is very similar in color to the Pink Sapphire, but also includes orange hues, which means these stones vary immensely in color and tone.
They’re most commonly found in Sri Lanka, but can also be seen in parts of Vietnam and East Africa. The term padparadscha is derived from the Singhalese word for :salmon colored lotus blossom,” which totally makes sense. Since these gems are so rare, they’re also quite pricy. In fact, some draw higher prices than even the most pristine blue sapphire.
But they’re not impossible to find. And if you’re someone who prides herself on having a unique sense of style, you can trust you won’t find another bride out there with a matching ring — and here’s proof. This untreated stone ($6,550, etsy.com) sits on a rose gold band that helps highlight the orange tones.