Along with owning the largest collection of certified loose diamonds in California (over 10,000 stones in our inventory), we also offer an exquisite selection of high-quality sapphires as part of our exclusive Padis Signature Collection. Although sapphires are found across the globe, our sapphires are mainly from Sri Lanka, which produces some of the precious gem’s most sought-after hues.
The island of Sri Lanka has a centuries-old reputation for producing some of the world’s finest sapphires and other gemstones as confirmed by its Sanskrit name of Ratna-Dweepa, which means “Island of Jewel.” Even Marco Polo wrote of his visit to the island in 1292 and shared that Sri Lanka had the highest quality of sapphires and other gemstones. Also as far back as the 4th and 5th centuries, sailors wrote of visits to the island to buy gemstones to trade throughout the East.
Geologists know that Sri Lanka is extremely old as ninety percent of the rock on the island is from the Precambrian age and estimated to be 560 million to 2,400 million years old. The unique island also has the highest density of gems compared to its landmass.
We invite you to browse our website or schedule a visit to our showrooms to experience one of the finest collections of sapphires. Each stone has been careful selected by our staff gemologists to ensure we provide our customers with high-quality natural sapphires. In addition we guarantee the ethical origin of our stones and only work with miners who adhere to traditional, low-impact methods of extraction in accordance with strict government regulations. A stone from our incredible selection of multi-hued sapphires makes an excellent choice for your engagement ring or right-hand ring.
Padis Jewelry, a family-owned business, has been a trusted source for buying exquisite certified loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry since 1974. We are one of the only jewelers in the area that offers such an exclusive selection of top names in the industry as well as such a large inventory. For the opportunity to view one of San Francisco’s most impressive collections, please contact us to schedule at visit.