Gems of Character: Sapphires from the Kashmir Valley

This month we present an exclusive range of Kashmir-Origin Sapphires. All these stones are accompanied by origin certification reports from reputed international gem-testing labs like GIA and GRS.

These lovely sapphires were mined in the early 1900s from a remote region in the Great Himalayan mountains of northwestern India. Sapphires from the Kashmir Valley, being extremely scarce, are highly sought-after by collectors and gemologists worldwide – making these beauties amongst the most prized gemstones on earth.


 4.01-Carat Top-Grade VVS Cornflower Blue Kashmir Sapphire (GIA)

4.01-Carat Top-Grade VVS Cornflower Blue Kashmir Sapphire (GIA)

3.60-Carat Eye-Clean Cornflower Blue Kashmir Sapphire (GIA)

3.60-Carat Eye-Clean Cornflower Blue Kashmir Sapphire (GIA)
 5.06-Carat Eye-Clean Unheated Kashmir-Origin Sapphire (GIA, GRS)

5.06-Carat Eye-Clean Unheated Kashmir-Origin Sapphire (GIA, GRS)

2.48-Carat GIA & GRS Certified Kashmir-Origin Blue Sapphire (UH)

2.48-Carat GIA & GRS Certified Kashmir-Origin Blue Sapphire (UH)
 6.65-Carat GIA-Certified Dark Blue Sapphire from Kashmir Valley

6.65-Carat GIA-Certified Dark Blue Sapphire from Kashmir Valley

5.67-Carat GIA-Certified Unheated Blue Sapphire from Kashmir

5.67-Carat GIA-Certified Unheated Blue Sapphire from Kashmir
 1.19-Carat GIA-Certified Kashmir-Origin Cornflower Blue Sapphire

1.19-Carat GIA-Certified Kashmir-Origin Cornflower Blue Sapphire

1.12-Carat Intense Blue Sapphire from Kashmir (GIA-Certified)

1.12-Carat Intense Blue Sapphire from Kashmir (GIA-Certified)
 1.82-Carat Ink Blue Unheated Kashmir-Origin Sapphire (GIA)

1.82-Carat Ink Blue Unheated Kashmir-Origin Sapphire (GIA)

2.87-Carat Unheated Royal Blue Kashmir-Origin Sapphire (GIA)

2.87-Carat Unheated Royal Blue Kashmir-Origin Sapphire (GIA)
 6.64-Carat Velvety Royal Blue Kashmir Sapphire (GIA-Certified)

6.64-Carat Velvety Royal Blue Kashmir Sapphire (GIA-Certified)

1.14-Carat Eye-Clean Intense Blue Kashmir-Origin Sapphire (GIA)

1.25-Carat VVS-Clarity Velvety Blue Kashmir Sapphire (GIA)

1.25-Carat VVS-Clarity Velvety Blue Kashmir Sapphire (GIA)

1.14-Carat Eye-Clean Intense Blue Kashmir-Origin Sapphire (GIA)


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

Best regards,

Harshil Zaveri

Four Magnificent “Royal Blue” Sapphires from Didy, Madagascar accompanied by GRS Certificates

Around April 2012, a gem rush occurred a few kilometers from the town of Didy in Ambatondrazaka district of Madagascar after the discovery of top quality rubies and sapphires in this area. We have been able to source some extraordinary blue sapphires from this locality. These stones display stunningly beautiful shades of royal blue – the most sought-after color in blue sapphires – combined with nice clarity, excellent glow and great overall appearance. All these stones are accompanied by certification by Dr. A. Peretti at GRS confirming that they are unheated blue sapphires with the famous “Royal Blue” color.

For more information about this locality, download the article: “Ruby and Sapphire Rush Near Didy, Madagascar” co-authored by Vincent Pardieu (Field Gemologist working with, GIA Laboratory) PDF, 9 MB

4.55-Carat Flawless Unheated GRS-Certified Vivid
Royal Blue Sapphire

3.18-Carat Rare GRS-Certified Unheated “Royal
Blue” Sapphire

5.21-Carat Top Grade GRS-Certified Unheated
Royal Blue Sapphire

5.13-Carat Rare GRS Certified Unheated “Royal
Blue” Sapphire

Email us at [email protected] for pricing information.

Best regards,

Harshil Zaveri

Clinohumite from the Heavenly Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan

The Pamirs, also known as the “Roof of the World” are one of the last ”undiscovered” tourist destinations. This mountainous area, a large part of which is located in Gorno-Badakhshan in Tajikistan, is one of the most inaccessible areas in the world.

Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan

Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan

Around the beginning of 2007, in this region, there was a find of some of the most spectacular Clinohumite crystals ever found. Most of these crystals were of a vivid color ranging from yellowish-orange to intense-orange, and excellent clarity. More importantly, there were some unique crystals found with exclusively rare sizes. Unfortunately, the yield was very low and the find got exhausted very quickly.

A few months back, we were lucky to get our hands on one such large rough Clinohumite crystal weighing 43.25-Carats (8.47 gms).

Clinohumite Crystal weighing 42.35 Carats (8.47 Grams)

This rough crystal was eventually cut & polished at our workshop into a stunningly beautiful 22.82-Carat Pear-Shaped Clinohumite:

This color of this stone is an intensely saturated shade of orange, comparable to the color of fire, or the color of the sun. The clarity is almost eye-clean – very unusual for clinohumites of this size because they are almost always heavily included even in smaller sizes.  This gem is very well and symmetrically cut which allows it to display excellent luster and sparkle. Video of the stone is available to view on the product listing page to get a better judgement of the quality.

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Interested in this stone? Email us: [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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