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Show your padparadscha sapphires! A lotus sunrise by any other name would smell as sweet...

Nick_G

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Here's a small alluvial pebble (about 7 mm at it's longest dimension) that came in a 24.85 ct lot of 'spinels' from Madagascar:
Padparadscha pebble Madagascar.JPG

For some reason the camera has made it appear a lot more pink than in person. It is actually a lovely colour halfway between orange and pink.

These stones were sold as spinels but this stone and other coloured ones all show clear pleochroism when rotated in front of the LCD screen, which rules spinel out. There's also a lovely blue stone that shows colour zoning from deep blue to yellowish, as well as signs of a silky sheen under one of the surfaces. Not only that but around half of them are colourless, so I think it's a sapphire lot. I'm willing to bet they are from the alluvial deposit at Ilakaka.

Here's a pic of the entire lot from the seller:
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Nick_G

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Here's a better pic against a white background. Focus is better, and the colour is a bit closer too, but still pinker than in person:
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