Kashmir Sapphire Mines

Sapphires are found globally but Kashmir Sapphires have achieved a brand status in the gem industry. Apart from mesmerising blue hue and fine velvety texture, the immense rarity of this gemstone has further increased its popularity world-over. This gemstone is often addressed as Jammu Neelam Stone, Kashmir Neelam stone or Cashmere Sapphire by the local traders.

Major Sapphire DepositsMajor Sapphire Deposits

  • This prestigious gem variety was discovered from the Kashmir Blue Sapphire mines lying in the Padar (Paddar) region. It is situated in the states of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India in the southern slop of the Zaskar range, near Sumjam.
  • The duration between year 1882 – 1887 was regarded as ‘Glorious Years’ for Kashmir mines because it was peak mining season.
  • Unfortunately, the old Blue Sapphire mines in Kashmir got depleted in year 1888 due to extensive mining.
  • During year 1889 – 1905, the mining activities slowed down substantially. Soon, Kashmir mines were declared exhausted.
  • In later year, mines were sanctioned on lease to different organisation, but the results were quite disappointing.
  • And since last 30 years, no official rough purchase is noted from Kashmir Sapphire origin at commercial level.

History of Kashmir Sapphire: TimelineHistory of Kashmir Sapphire: Timeline

Kashmir Sapphire Quality

Kashmir Sapphire is a highly valuable gemstone that exists in a wide range of quality. This gemstone is judged by examining its Color, Clarity and Cut. The finest specimen from Kashmir often displays brilliant blue color with velvety texture. However, it is not easy to find Kashmir Sapphire of such quality. This is because no new sapphires are coming from blue sapphire mines in Kashmir. Therefore, the availability is quite limited.

  • Color

    – Kashmir Sapphires are found in pure cornflower blue to extremely dark or palest blue color. Top quality Kashmiri Sapphire stones bear deeply intense blue color which is bright at the same time. Gemologically, Cornflower Blue Sapphire is regarded as the most sought-after variety due to its bright ‘pure’ blue hue intensified by its velvety texture. Royal Blue Kashmir Sapphire is the next highly preferred choice.

    Blue Kashmir Sapphire
    Blue Kashmir Sapphire
    Cornflower Blue Kashmir Sapphire Cornflower Blue Kashmir Sapphire
    Royal Blue Kashmir Sapphire Royal Blue Kashmir Sapphire

  • Clarity

    - Kashmir Sapphire stones are indisputably identified by its finest rutile needles (Titanium oxide, TiO2) that results in coveted soft and velvety sheen. These inclusions create a slight decrease in stone’s transparency which is well-compensated by its beautiful hue. Such kind of inclusions are often regarded as the potentially helpful indicators to determine their origin and authenticity.

    Included Kashmir Sapphire
    Included Kashmir Sapphire
    Eye clean Kashmir Sapphire Eye clean Kashmir Sapphire
    Kashmir Sapphire with Velvety Feel
    Kashmir Sapphire with Velvety Feel

  • Cut

    – Kashmir Sapphire gemstones are rarely found in perfectly symmetrical cut. Highly fancy cuts are often avoided for commercial considerations like carat weight retention. Kashmiri sapphire stones, with best compromise between size and appearance is considered most desirable.

  • Round cut Kashmir Sapphire
    Round cut Kashmir Sapphire
    Rectangular cushion Kashmir Sapphire
    Rectangular cushion Kashmir Sapphire
    Oval cut Kashmir Sapphire Oval cut Kashmir Sapphire
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Kashmir Sapphire Price

Kashmir Sapphire is a highly precious variety of Sapphires. Even a slight different in Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat weigh create a huge impact on Kashmiri Neelam price. Therefore, it is important to be cautious while purchasing loose Kashmir Blue Sapphire stone online or from any local gem store. As buyers invest a serious amount while buying Kashmir Sapphire GemPundit always suggest to buy Kashmir Sapphire stone, supported by gem reports from more than one internationally recognized gem testing laboratories.

Notes - Kashmir Blue Sapphire price in India starts from ₹ 1.25 lakh per carat ($2320 approx.) and can reach upto ₹ 5 lakh per carat ($7750 approx.) and above depending upon its quality, rarity and demand. Kashmir Blue Sapphire price in other countries like United States, Dubai may greatly vary.

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  • Color

    – A clean, deep blue often termed as Cornflower blue, is the highly priced color variety of Kashmir Sapphire. Cornflower Blue Kashmir Sapphire possesses a legendary reputation and is considered top quality gem in the sapphire league. Royal Blue Sapphire is next in the race. Surprisingly, even some pale blue sapphires from Kashmir mine fetch a considerable amount just because of being from Kashmir origin.

  • Clarity

    – Kashmiri Neelam is characterised by its tiny, microscopic rutile needle-like inclusions (silk) which is common and highly welcomed. Ideally, these common Kashmir Sapphire inclusions are not visible from naked eye and lends a velvet like texture. Generally, Jammu blue Sapphire price reduces marginally for stones containing prominently visible milky clouds, blocks and dust bands.

  • Cut

    – Cut also bears a strong influence over the prices. Since, a fine quality Kashmir Sapphire rough is extremely rare and expensive, weight retention is always a matter of big concern. Kashmiri Neelam stones in appropriate symmetry appear more beautiful and hence they command a higher value. Kashmir Sapphire Cabochon (non-faceted, polished stone) are comparatively cheaper.

  • Carat weight

    – As a rule of thumb, carat weight follows the same logic as in other precious colored gems. For best quality stones, Kashmir blue sapphire price per carat increases exponentially even if the size increase by 1 or 2 carats.

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Kashmir Sapphire Benefits

Blue Sapphire or Neelam stone represents karmic planet ‘Saturn’ (Shani) in vedic astrology. This gemstone is highly recommended for natives undergoing the difficult phase of ‘Shani Sade Sati’ or the ‘Dhaiyya’ phase. This fast-acting astrological gemstone is known for its strong metaphysical properties and hence recommended with utmost caution. Being the finest variety, a natural Kashmir blue sapphire gemstone is regarded as the most effective gem for Saturn. However, due to its exorbitant price, Kashmir Sapphires are mainly purchased by gem collectors or investors.

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  • Promotes Professional Growth

    – Planet Saturn is known for providing the wearer just rewards. According to an ancient belief, its positive energies help to remove the deadlock, and, also benefit professionals and businesses facing professional stagnancy.

  • Blesses with Popularity & Fame

    – As per the astrologers, Blue Sapphire benefits the wearer by making his hard work and efforts recognized by the concern authority, bringing better opportunities and good fortune. Professionals in creative endeavour and politics can gain maximum benefits of Neelam stone.

  • Reorients Discipline & Patience

    – In sacred vedas, Saturn is known for its slow, steady and disciplined motion. Therefore, astrologers believe that wearing Blue Sapphire benefits people in staying determined, focused and progressive towards their life goals. The benefits of Neelam gemstone are also reflected in the rewards gained as the result of efforts incorporated by the wearer.

  • Cures Bone, Mind & Sensory Ailments

    – In alternative healing therapies, Neelam gemstone is considered beneficial for patients suffering from joint pain, gout, arthritis or any sensory organ related issues. It is believed that wearing Neelam benefits by stabilising mind, releasing stress, anxiety and confusion.

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  • Kashmiri Neelam Stone Benefits
  • Improves Professional Growth

    Increases Popularity & Fortune

    Inculcates Patience & Discipline

    Rejuvenates Health


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GIA Certified Kashmir SapphireGIA Certified Kashmir Sapphire
IGI Certified Kashmir Neelam IGI Certified Kashmir Neelam

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C. Dunaigre certified Kashmir Sapphire C. Dunaigre certified Kashmir Sapphire

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