You probably already know colorful engagement rings are all the rage (thanks, Kate Middleton). But one color in particular is having a serious moment on 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.
But if dark orange isn't your cup of tea, this lighter peach stone ($2,560, etsy.com) is super dainty and the halo of diamonds around it makes the color pop.
Anyone who doesn't shy away from the spotlight will enjoy wearing this 5.6 carat stone ($61,820, macrow.com). It doesn't help that it's planked by two flawless diamonds either.
This blush pink stone ($79,200, amazon.com) is cut in a trapezoid shape, which gives it an art deco vibe any fashion maven will appreciate.
For people interested in this color, but not the intimidating price tag, this lab-grown sapphire ($895, etsy.com) is just as vibrant.
If you're not getting engaged anytime soon, are already married or just don't don't think colored stone rings are your thing, don't worry: you can still embrace this stunning trend on your ears, wrist or around your neck.