Introduction of Blue Sapphire –
Sapphire is a member of Corundum mineral family which are stones that are an Oxide of aluminum (Al2O3). Sapphire is available in many different colors depending upon the level of trace impurities of elements such as iron, titanium, chromium, copper, or magnesium. The popularity and beauty of a Blue sapphire can be judged by the fact that Prince Charles presented Princess Diana a ring which consisted of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold. The same ring was later presented by Prince William to Kate Middleton on their engagement.
Sapphires are sourced from all over the globe. Some notable suppliers of sapphires are Madagascar, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, China, North America, Australia, Afghanistan, Burma, Colombia, Cambodia, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, USA and Vietnam to name a few.
What are Kashmir Sapphires?
““Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, hami asto, hamin asto, hamin ast.” “If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here,”
The Switzerland of India, Kashmir, is a place where classic Blue Sapphires are mined. Kashmiri Sapphires are among the finest Sapphires. The mining of Blue Sapphire was at its peak in Kashmir in the end of the 19th century and early parts of the 20th century. Now, Blue Sapphire sourced from Kashmir are rare. The reasons are that the deposits of Blue Sapphires are dying out. Also with the onset of militancy in Kashmir, sourcing gems from there has become very dangerous.
The quality of Blue Sapphire from Kashmir is among the finest. One of the most expensive sapphires auctioned to date fetched a price of $ 180,731 per carat. This stone was set in a ring which went on to fetch a whooping five million dollars at an auction conducted in April 2014. This is enough for anyone to gauge that a Kashmiri Blue Sapphire is the crème de la crème of sapphires and gemstones.
THE STORY BEHIND THE DISPUTED AREA “KASHMIR”
Jammu & Kashmir has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan right from the conception and independence of both nations. In Kashmir, Blue Sapphires was first discovered in 1880. The most famous beautiful and sparkling Blue Sapphires deposits are located near Soomjam village which is located on the Bhutna river, a tributary of the Chenab River which is controlled by India. Most recently purple Sapphires are found in Batakundi and Basil Region, which comes under Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
Today, if the name Kashmir is associated with Blue Sapphire, then it becomes a very strong selling point. Kashmir Sapphires are sighted as exceptionally rare. These sapphires have a deep blue velvety color that has made stones from this source without a peer in the world.
Owing to the rarity of the gem, its historical background and how hard it is to acquire in present times lends the stone a certain allure of the past times of empires and fairy tales along with a sense of romance!
The market of Kashmir Blue Sapphire is very demanding. As it is rare to find fine Blue Sapphire from Kashmir region, whenever a Blue Sapphire in big size is discovered there, it goes for auction and the prices they fetch are astronomical.
Kashmir Blue Sapphires are the most valuable of all Sapphires mined in the world. They have a very limited number of clientele owing the gemstones rarity and pricing. Only the who’s who and loaded of the world can afford a Kashmir blue Sapphire. Owing to its rarity and difficulty of procurement, Kashmir Blue Sapphire are a darling of a gemstone the collectors. The price range of Kashmir Blue Sapphire varies from $ 5000 to $ 50000 per carat with the highest recorded sale pegged at $ 180,731 per carat.
We at Navneet Gems & Minerals have managed to get our hands on some beautiful specimens Kashmir Blue Sapphires. To buy a Kashmir Blue Sapphire with a certificate of authenticity, you can contact Navneet Gems & Minerals on email@example.com (as we don’t sell the stones online). In the subject please write “Information on Kashmir Blue Sapphire”.
In the body of the email, you can ask about the shape, size and cut of the stone. Also you can get in touch with us over Whatsapp and Skype.
You can also call us on +66 – 818323858 (Navneet Gems & Minerals Ltd)
919/390, Jewelry Trade Center (JTC), 31st Floor, Room Number 390, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand or come visit and see the stones yourself during business hours from Mondays to Tuesday.
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