Everything You Need To Know About Kashmiri Sapphire
Sapphire gemstones are natural gemstones that are found mainly in three colors – Blue, white and yellow. It is one of the most valuable and expensive gemstones belonging to the inorganic corundum family or range. The biological composition comprises of Aluminum Oxide and with traces of iron, titanium, chromium, copper, and magnesium.
Blue Sapphire is known as the birthstone for September and is related to the planet Saturn. Saturn is the fastest acting planet in the solar system and it affect the lives of all human beings either in positive or negative ways depending upon its planetary position. It also signifies wealth, fortune, health, financial status, and fame.
Birthstone Of September Born :
It is the birthstone of Capricorn sign, even though it is also the birthstone for September born. Thus, individuals who are either born in September or with Capricorn sign can put this precious gemstone to ensure affluence, blessing, contentment, love and financial wellness.
For many people, it displays a prompt positive effect with the increase in wealth, resolution to a problem, etc. Blue Sapphire gemstone, when united with other available gemstones, helps to heal several ailments. Like it helps to fight bone cancer, kidney worries, nerve-related problems, and even paralysis. Apart from medical benefits, it also brings the wearer name, fame, wealth, health, happiness, prosperity, a long life, and mental peace. It also protects its wearer from accidents, theft, terror and or natural disasters.
So, any person who is looking for physical or mental healing should wear Sapphire gemstone. Among all the gemstones, the blue sapphire happens to be the strongest and quickest to act upon. It shows its effects almost instantly.
Sapphires find in very few places around the world today. They are mainly find in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Kashmir region of India. The best quality sapphires are mining in Sri Lanka and Kashmir.
The Blue sapphire gemstone is typically blue in color. Popularly known as the Neelam stone in India, the best quality of Blue sapphirescomes from the Kashmir Region.
Kashmiri sapphires were discovered by chance in 1881 when a landslide in Padar region in unearthed a rich haul of sapphire crystals.
History Of Kashmiri Blue Sapphire :
Historical records say that when the sapphire was first discovered in Kashmir Region, the British Indian geologist F.R. Mallet hired to identify the stones. When blue gems discovered in his region, the Maharaja of Kashmir sent troops to secure the mines and halted trade.
Between the years of 1882 and 1887, the mines were extremely productive and yielded sapphire stones of exceptional quality and size. The mining of Blue Sapphire was at its peak in Kashmir at the end of the 19th century and early parts of the 20th century. However, later there was a decline in the mining capacity and new sapphire stones was not unearthed.
Geographical exploration was taking to locate the sapphire stones but the operations for excavations affected due to snow for the major part of the year. Further, since 1947, a dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir affected the mining of these stones. Later, this region became the hotbed of militancy and the sourcing operations were greatly affected and became very dangerous for mining activity.
It is the most famous sapphires in the world are from Kashmir. Most of the material that exists, discovered more than 100 years ago though, more recently purple Sapphires found in Batakundi and Basil Region, which comes under Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
Kashmiri sapphires are treasuring highly as the best varieties that have a superb cornflower blue color and a blue velvety texture. The nearest in quality is the Sri Lankan sapphires, but Kashmir sapphire is the best in the sapphire world.
A general high-quality blue sapphire gemstone weighing over 2 carats prices increase substantially. Its price varies from $50 To $500 depending on its quality, size, and color. But in case of a Kashmiri sapphire, the minimum price starts from $1000 and above per carat.
Why is Kashmiri Sapphire so famous?
In 2007 a 22.66 carat cushion-cut Kashmir sapphire, set in a pendant with diamonds, sold at a Christie’s auction for $3.064 million.
In 2008, a very large Kashmir sapphire cushion weighing 42.28 carats sold for $3.5 million by Christie’s in Hong Kong.
A 19.88 carats cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire called “The star of Kashmir” auctioned at $3.48 million in 2013.
In another auction conducted in April 2014, the blue Kashmiri sapphire Gemstone fetched a price of $ 180,731 per carat.
These astronomical prices have set new records for a single carat price of any gemstone. No wonder bidders are willing to pay such a high price for a nice stone.