Fresh New Collection of Certified Padparadscha Sapphires of Sri Lankan Origin

Among all the colors of sapphires, the rarest and the most fascinating colour is the Padparadscha colour. The word Padparadscha has been derived from the Sanskrit word Padmaraga (Also called Pathmaraga, Pathparaga, or Padparaga) which means “lotus”. The colour of Padparadscha is also defined as being of the serene sunset in Srilanka. This week we bring you an exciting collection of Padparadscha sapphires to choose from:



1.21-Carat Exquisite Unheated Eye-Clean
Padparadscha Sapphire


1.18-Carat Pear-Shaped Fiery Deep Pinkish Orange
Padparadscha


0.91-Carat Dazzling IGI-Certified Unheated
Padparadscha Sapphire


0.61-Carat Stunning Fiery Orangy Pink
IGI-Certified Padparadscha


0.88-Carat Vivid Pinkish Orange Unheated
Padparadscha Sapphire


0.62-Carat Unheated Hot Orangy Pink Padparadscha
Sapphire


1.04-Carat Eye-Clean IGI-Certified Unheated
Padparadscha


0.91-Carat VVS-Clarity Dark Orangy Pink
Padparadscha Sapphire

Need more information about any of these? Feel free to send us an email at [email protected]

Best regards,

Harshil Zaveri

News Update: Blue Sapphire Discovery Near Kataragama, Sri Lanka

In mid-February 2012, a new find of blue sapphires occurred southwest of Kataragama, near the famous Yala National Park on the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. The sapphires were initially found on a road construction site between Kataragama and Lunuganwehera. The soil used to cover the road reportedly came from a small farm nearby that belonged to a Mr. Ranga. As news of the discovery spread, thousands rushed to the area. The Sri Lankan authorities responded swiftly and transferred 1.4 hectares of land around Mr. Ranga’s farm from the Forest Conservation Department to the National Gems and Jewellery Authority (NGJA). The NGJA held a February 24 auction in Kataragama for one-year mining rights on 52 individual lots.

In early March, with the support of the NGJA and some local traders, these authors visited the site to collect samples for the GIA reference collection. Upon reaching the deposit, located at 06°22’16″N, 81°17’18″E, we saw that it was being prepared to host an estimated 1,500 miners. Within hours the miners began arriving at their claims, and camps sprang up from the cleared land. Miners loaded the potentially sapphire-rich soil into bags to be taken away for washing. Only hand tools were allowed, as mechanized mining with excavators has been prohibited in Sri Lanka since June 2011.

At the time our expedition ended on March 9, we were unable to see any sapphires produced from the new diggings around Mr. Ranga’s house. However, we studied numerous samples reportedly found on the road construction site during the initial discovery. The sapphires were either fine crystal specimens or broken pieces with sharp edges and no indication of alluvial transport. Fissures and cavities were filled with a white powdery material. We saw several specimens up to 150 g and heard reports of fine crystals as large as 300 g. Although the material is often quite included, we expect to see some clean faceted gems weighing more than 20 ct. Many of the crystals showed distinct dichroism and color banding associated with layers of minute particles. Several gem merchants onsite were excited by such Kashmir or Burma-like new material, and at the time of our visit the asking prices were already remarkably high.

We were unable to see any faceted stones from the new deposit, although we expect that the combination of dichroism, color banding, and highly visible inclusions will present challenges to cutters. More information on the nature and extent of the new deposit will become available after the NGJA completes its geologic survey of the area and as mining continues.

Authors:  (1) Vincent Pardieu - GIA, Bangkok, (2) Lou Pierre Bryl – Gaspe, Canada, (3) Andrea Heather Go - Vancouver, Canada, (4) Boris Chauviré - Cholet, France

Source: GIA e-brief

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Two Rare Kashmir-Origin Sapphires

This week we present two beautiful Sapphires from the famous Kashmir locality. Kashmir Sapphires are the rarest and the most expensive sapphires in the world. They are so scarce that you will probably only see them in a museum or at an auction of rare gems.

The first one is a 2.72-Carat Kashmir Sapphire with an amazing velvety royal blue color. Certified by Dr. Peretti of GemResearch SwissLab (GRS)

2.72-Carat Unheated Kashmir-Origin Sapphire (GRS-Certified)

The second one is a 3.15-Carat Kashmir Sapphire with a subtler shade of blue but with the same beauty that one would expect off a Kashmir Sapphire. Also certified by GRS.

3.15-Carat GRS-Certified Unheated Eye-Clean Kashmir Sapphire

Click on the pictures to go to the listing pages of these stones where complete information and certificate scans are provided.

Interested? Drop us an email at [email protected]ruby.in

Best Regards,

Harshil Zaveri

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Yellow Fever!

This week we present an enticing collection of top-quality unheated Sri Lankan yellow sapphires…

8.02-Carat Museum-Grade VVS Fiery Vivid Yellow Unheated Sapphire

8.02-Carat Museum-Grade VVS Fiery Vivid Yellow Unheated Sapphire

4.03-Carat Rare Flawless Vivid Lemon Yellow Sapphire (Unheated)

4.03-Carat Rare Flawless Vivid Lemon Yellow Sapphire (Unheated)

8.99-Carat Shimmering VVS Intense Yellow Sapphire (Unheated)

8.99-Carat Shimmering VVS Intense Yellow Sapphire (Unheated)

6.43-Carat Stunning Dark Yellow Sapphire from Ceylon (Unheated)

6.43-Carat Stunning Dark Yellow Sapphire from Ceylon (Unheated)

Interested? Drop us an email at [email protected]

Best regards,

Harshil Zaveri

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Yellow Sapphires: The color of optimism

Of all the sapphire colours, one of the most vivid and attractive colours has been the Yellow colour. Whether worn as a jewelry piece or for astrological use, yellow sapphire is a stone which will never fail to fascinate you with its subtlety and soothing presence.

So what causes the beautiful yellow of the yellow sapphire?
Generally the colour is due to the presence of pairs of Iron (Fe3+) or presence of unstable color centers. It is believed that as the concentration of iron increases the colour of the yellow sapphire also increases. The colour is from what we call a pale “straw” yellowish to intense yellow. Sometimes, there is presence of an orange tinge due to traces of chromium or presence of green which is also caused by iron.

A rare 21.28-carat unheated Sri Lankan yellow sapphire from our inventory

Astrological Significance
Yellow sapphire has always been connected with astrology and is considered the stone for Jupiter. Yellow sapphires have for long been worn by various kings and prominent people as their lucky charm. It is believed that yellow sapphires should be worn the first time on Thursdays. In India, it is also called as Pukhraj or Pushkhraj, derived from the Sanskrit word Pusparaga. It can be worn by people having zodiac sign Pisces and Sagittarius. It is generally embedded in gold ring and is worn on the index finger.

The general appearance of a heated yellow sapphire

Heat treatment prospects
As with any other sapphire, even yellow sapphires have been subject to various heat treatments throughout history. Some pale yellowish sapphires when heated to temperatures of about 1000 degrees centigrade can change to medium or intense yellow colours. Sapphires from Sri Lanka in particular when heated produce a more intense shade of yellow due to the additional presence of Vanadium. With the advent of Beryllium treatment being discovered, many shades of yellow sapphires have now entered the market ranging from intense yellow to golden yellow. These sapphires have caused a lot of chaos in the sapphire industry due to their costly detection, and more often than not, improper disclosure by dealers.

We at StarRuby.in, sell only yellow sapphires that are not heated or treated in any way whatsoever. Almost all our yellow sapphires come with certification from reputed gemological labs.

View our collection of yellow sapphires here:

http://www.starruby.in/store/yellow-sapphires

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Nature at it’s very best

A Rare 2.37-Carat Loupe-Clean Kashmir-Blue Sapphire from Sri Lanka. Earth-Mined, Unheated.

2.37-Carat Unheated VVS Vivid Kashmir Blue Sapphire from CeylonComplete details here: http://www.starruby.in/store/ceylonese-sapphires/2-37-carat-unheated-vvs-vivid-kashmir-blue-sapphire-from-ceylon

Best Regards

Harshil Zaveri

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Go Blue…

Pesenting an exciting new collection of High-Quality Natural and Unheated Blue Sapphires from Burma:


4.57-Carat Rare Unheated Royal Blue Burmese Sapphire (IGI)

2.62-Carat Flawless Vivid Kashmir-Blue Unheated Burmese Sapphire

5.25-Carat Eye-Clean Unheated Cornflower Blue Sapphire (GIA)

4.57-Carat Rare Unheated Royal Blue Burmese
Sapphire (IGI)

2.62-Carat Flawless Vivid Kashmir-Blue Unheated
Burmese Sapphire

4.38-Carat Rare Royal Blue Unheated Burmese Sapphire (GIA)

2.06-Carat Unheated VVS Cornflower Blue Burmese Sapphire (IGI)

5.14-Carat Fiery Deep Kashmir-Blue Unheated Burmese Sapphire

5.25-Carat Eye-Clean Unheated Cornflower Blue Sapphire (GIA)

2.06-Carat Unheated VVS Cornflower Blue Burmese
Sapphire (IGI)

5.14-Carat Fiery Deep Kashmir-Blue Unheated
Burmese Sapphire

5.25-Carat Eye-Clean Unheated Cornflower Blue
Sapphire (GIA)
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