There has been a few questions lately on how to pronounce the name of my amazingly complex pink shade Padparadscha. This has led me to question why. WHY have I named it something complicated and nearly unpronounceable??
Well. Let me tell you… 😉
As mentioned in a previous blog post, this hue is named after one of my favourite gem stones – the Padparadscha Ruby.
A complex subject in its own right, there is a fair bit of controversy in the gemology world as to what truly defines a Padparadscha, as the same classification for the same stone can range from yellow to bright pink! Whaaaa? Yes.
Below? All Parapadschas!
And to make it even more complicated, the composition of a ruby is the same as that of a sapphire, which makes the classification of the special label ‘padparadscha’ even MORE insanely random.
Part of me loves how the term can’t be nailed down and defined, much like the colour itself is a mixture of hues! I love that it is more than one thing at once.
This is how I always picture the stone – a juicy mix of pink and orange and on the right is the yarn itself – minus the orange shimmer that the camera can’t capture. When I dyed up the first skein of Islington fingering in this pink I knew it just HAD to be called this… it was just too perfect to be anything else!
Such a hard colour to photograph, but Karen’s gorgeous photo of her bright beaded shawl comes close to showing it…see more details of her beautiful project on Ravelry! Wouldn’t this shawl be cheering on a dismal day?