The legendary “Kashmir Sapphire” comes from the Himalayan region in India; the site was exposed in the 19th century by a landslide and dried up again after only a few years. Nevertheless, this type of corundum is famous for its quality. The stones became known for a certain pleasant colour and for their “drowsy appearance”; which describes the inclusions with thin Rutile-needles which can be observed in the gemstones and give them a slightly misty appearance. The shades of blue sapphires from Kashmir and, for example, Sri Lanka are similar, but clearly distinguishable to the expert.

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properties of sapphire

  • Belongs mineralogically to corundum
  • Hardness grade 9
  • Chemical formula: Al2O3
  • Includes all colors except red, red corundum is called “ruby
  • Coloration generally by metal oxides (e.g. blue: titanium oxide)
  • High density of 3.9 – 4.1


worth knowing

  • Oldest known locality: Burma
  • The legendary place of discovery: “Kashmir”
  • Assigned to the planet Saturn
  • Besides blue, pink sapphire is especially sought after: “hot pink”.
  • The most recently discovered localities are Madagascar and Ethiopia

investment in sapphire

  • second most suitable of all gemstones for investment
  • less rare than ruby but also strongly increasing in value
  • Stones should have at least 1 ct weight, better from 3 ct.
  • larger stones have higher increase in value
  • Experts reckon with 6% increase in value per year
  • beautiful sparkling sapphires are preferable


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