For centuries, mention has been made of an exceptional sapphire – a fabulous gem the color of a delicate and exotic blossom. Like many of its bright blue brethren, its lore originates in the jewel-rich island of Sri Lanka – but fine specimens of this mesmerizing stone have also been discovered in the lands of East Africa and the Isle of Madagascar. Of sapphire colors – it is among the most rare, prized by connoisseurs and the darling to all who have chanced a glimpse of its captivating hue.
The name? Padparadscha.
Like the water lotus from which the name is derived, the padparadscha sapphire is a combination of yellow, pink and red, with flashes of orange. Described as the vision of a beautiful sunset across a tropical sky, this stunning color of the padparadscha can vary from that of a delicate pastel to a vibrant vermillion fire; some exhibit more pink, others have a richer salmon-orange hue. The more intense the tone and saturation, the more valuable the padparadscha –the finest gems of this sapphire variety can command tens of thousands of dollars per carat, a price to rival that of natural blue sapphire and ruby.
The design of her engagement ring is a traditional one – a single stone surrounded by a row of diamonds – but Princess Eugenie of York’s selection of a sparkling padparadscha sapphire for the center is a truly distinctive choice, sure to pique public interest in a gem whose name is still relatively unknown. Regardless of it’s growing notability, the availability of this sapphire is quite limited, with shoppers who dream of a padparadscha engagement ring finding very limited choice, if any options at all.
We love color and have a stunning rainbow of alternative engagement rings for the modern bride. All shades of fancy sapphire: sunshine yellow, cerulean blue, and mysterious teal. A palette of pink and peach sapphires and – yes - padparadscha! Natural, lab certified sapphires – artfully mounted or ready to be set in the bespoke, custom engagement ring of your desire. A visit with our team of talented gemologists and sales professionals will see your vision realized in a truly one-of-a-kind engagement ring.
As jewelry professional, the aspect I love most about what I do is the opportunity to build joyful moments. That precious and wonderful experience of helping people select a special gift or symbol of love - to be adorned and cherished for a lifetime. To be part of something that will evoke happy memories for years to [...]
Give the gift of holiday sparkle with a treasure from Soho Gem. Come browse our curated selection of fine ladies’ jewelry - from classic to fashion forward, we have something to suit her signature style.In this season of giving – don’t forget to treat yourself! Stop in and discover the jewels that really make [...]
It was a just another Tuesday; another session of looking at parcels of diamonds for engagement rings – some to buy, some to pass.Most of the diamonds brought in that day hadn’t been to GIA for grading. This one was no exception. All that was scribbled on the corner of the parcel was “Cush – 2.05 ct”. [...]
For the past 70 years the diamond was the stone of choice for couples looking to get engaged. Today, the modern consumer is excited to embrace the "nontraditional" engagement ring. Alternative bridal means sapphire engagement rings, gemstone rings, and symbols that are as unique as the couple commissioning these stunning custom pieces. Irina Ferry, owner and designer [...]
As the weather warms and the bridal season approaches, there are a number of things on the couples' minds. After the cake has been cut, the flowers are wilted, and the last notes of the musiweddic have drifted into memories, the wedding band will be a reminder of the day for many years to come. Today's [...]
[View of AGTA]The agenda for buying gemstones changes slightly every year for me. When I'm looking for particular stones and can't get them directly from the mines in Madagascar, I go to Tucson, the site of the largest gem and mineral show in the country. February is a great time to restock inventory after a [...]
For many people, the concept of Mine to Market blends in with the numerous buzzwords that surround green living. But what does it really mean?To embrace the New Year, SOHO GEM highlights the Mine to Market philosophy, describing the process and giving you the knowledge to make informed investment decisions.This article features exclusive images from Madagascar [...]
Recently, Twirl New York reached out to us about featuring some of our best engagement ring designs in the Winter 2016 Issue of their beautiful bridal magazine. We were delighted to contribute to such a gorgeous, diamond-studded spread! Check out the whole magazine here: http://www.twirlweddings.com/winter-2016-twirl-new... Here are the featured engagement rings with details listed: http://www.sohogem.com/vintage-style-diamond-engag... Vintage Style Diamond Engagement Ring [...]
Sapphires are magical gemstones steeped in history. They are complex and beautiful, and their rich colors combined with their hardness make them an excellent choice for an engagement ring. In New York's diamond and jewelry district we have access to a plethora of extraordinary gemstones from all over the world, but choosing the right stone does not follow the same [...]