Sapphires are commonly associated with blue, but also come in a rainbow of gorgeous colors, making them one of the most popular and versatile precious colored stones. Sapphires may exhibit anywhere from white/colorless, yellow, green, pink, and various ultra-light periwinkle to the darkest midnight black-blue hues. These color varieties make each sapphire a unique treasure to own and show off in your favorite keepsake fine jewelry item.  

Did you know there are rarer sapphires sought after because of their prestigious color and quality grade? These sapphires are regarded as being more valuable than other sapphire types because of their show-stopping hues. Kashmir sapphires are one of the finest quality sapphires available on the market because of their spectacular cornflower blue color and limited amount. Rare and uniquely stunning, the Kashmir sapphires stand out above the rest because of its breathtakingly velvety blue shade.

This brief blog post will cover the basics of Kashmir sapphires and what makes them so special and important in Blue Sapphire.

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1Vibrant Cornflower Blue

As mentioned above, Kashmir sapphires display a cornflower blue with overall excellent saturation. The color has been described as velvety or silky with an all-over blue color. The breathtaking blue of Kashmir makes it perfect for those who adore the color blue–the intensity of the Kashmir sapphires is noticeable and distinctive.

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2Origin & Background

Kashmir sapphires were discovered in 1881 in the Zanskar Range of the Himalayan Mountains of Northwest India following a landslide. This rugged terrain revealed a deposit of sapphires that exhibited a remarkable cornflower blue hue, notably different in appearance from other colored stones and sapphire varieties. This unusual blue color makes these sapphires very valuable.

Kashmir mining began in 1882 and commenced in 1887 when the mine was depleted. Attempts to find more sources for Kashmir sapphires have remained largely unsuccessful. This is what makes these sapphires so rare–they have only been found within a certain period, which is over 100 years ago.

Kashmir sapphires may be identified by their inclusions as the origin of the stone by those who are experts with years of experience. Many sapphires are heat-treated, making it difficult to define the origin (Gemological Institute of America).

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3A true Luxury Collectible

Sapphires are part of the mineral family corundum and are a relative to the ruby, a red variety of corundum. Sapphires rate 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, making them durable and tough. Not only are Kashmir sapphires rare–but they are also wearable and perfect for enjoying frequently with their incredible, one-of-a-kind blue shade.

Although all sapphires are beautiful in their own right, the one-of-a-kind blue Kashmir sapphires offer is unique and captivating. Sparkling diamonds often accent these rare sapphires when they are set into settings, amplifying their color with added prestige and luxury.

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4Investing in Kashmir Sapphire

Most sapphires found today are considered commercial grade, making the Kashmir sapphire a true stand-out stone to obtain, cherish, and pass down as an heirloom. 

Kashmir sapphires are significantly more expensive than other sapphires because of their rarity. Choose to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, and other special occasions by gifting your significant other a gorgeous Kashmir sapphire ring, bracelet, pendant, or earrings.

Kashmir Sapphires are much loved and sold at premium prices in big auction houses like Christies and Sotheby’s which in turn created a market and high demand for Kashmir Sapphires similar to Burmese Ruby.

TRADE WARNING : Always make sure to get 2 – 3 Gemstone Labs Certification before buying a Kashmir Sapphire

5Taking Care of Sapphire

Kashmir sapphires are easy to take care of and store away when they are not being worn. Gently clean your kashmir sapphire with a soft brush or cloth and diluted soapy water and gently pat dry.  

Although sapphires are durable, take care not to knock or drop your Kashmir sapphire. Safely storing your Kashmir sapphire in a drawer, jewelry cloth bag or box will help keep it safe from any harsh elements.