Padparadscha 2017 05
This stunning pear-shaped imperial padparadscha, or fancy sapphire, hails from Malawi. This stone dates back to the 1980s in the Chimwadzulu Hill locality, although it was producing ruby and sapphire as early as 1958 (see R. W. Hughes, Ruby & Sapphire: A Gemologist's Guide, 2017, p. 508). The stone's measurements are 12.08 x 9.80 x 6.34 mm. It comes with an AGL certificate stating it is natural in color with no indication of heat treatment. The flower comes complimentary.
For an essay on the elusive hue of padparadscha, see "Ownership of Words" by Richard W. Hughes.