Kashmir Blue Sapphire or Kashmiri Neelam is the most desired assortment of Blue Sapphire gemstone all around the world. Sapphires are found globally but Kashmir Sapphires are exclusively found in the Kashmir region only. Besides the mesmerizing color and silky fine texture, the immense rarity of Kashmir Blue Sapphire has further increased its popularity worldwide. Cornflower blue and Royal Blue Sapphires are some of the highly-priced varieties of Kashmir Sapphire.
During the 18th century, this highly precious gemstone was sourced from the Padar (Paddar) province of the southern sloped Zaskar range, near Sumjam of Jammu & Kashmir, which is the northernmost state of India. However, in the early 19th century these Kashmir mines got almost depleted because of the excessive mining and since that time, Kashmiri Blue Sapphire stone gained the brand status of the rarest and sought-after gemstone in the whole precious gems arena.
The mining season from 1882 to 1887 was stated as ‘The peak glorious years’ for Kashmir Sapphires. During the years 1887 to 1889, the mining activities slowed down substantially, and in a little while, the Kashmir mines were declared drained out. In the meantime, these mines were sanctioned to different organizations on the lease, but unfortunately, the results were quite disappointing. The old Blue Sapphire mines of Kashmir got depleted completely till the year 1905 and for the last 30 years, there is no official purchase of Kashmir Sapphire rough is noted from this origin at a commercial level.
Kashmir Blue Sapphire is such a prestigious and popular gem that every gemstone lover must have heard & desired of this premium variety of blue sapphire throughout his or her lifetime. It is often addressed by the name of Jammu Neelam Stone and Cashmere Sapphire by the local merchants or dealers.
Benefits of wearing Kashmir Blue Sapphire:
Representing the karmic planet ‘Shani’ (Saturn), Blue Sapphire is highly recommended for natives undergoing the tough phase of ‘Sade Sati Dasha’. According to sacred Vedas, Saturn is known for its steady and disciplined motion and henceforth in the Indian Vedic astrology, a natural Kashmiri Neelam holds a vital room as it is regarded as the most effective gem for calming Saturn.
Kashmir Blue Sapphire is recommended to wear with utmost caution. This fast-acting gemstone comes with strong metaphysical properties that cure bones, mind & sensory ailments. Along with promoting professional growth, opting Kashmiri Neelam blesses the owner with high popularity & good health. By reorienting discipline & patience, it helps the wearers to stay more determined, focused, and progressive towards their life goals.
Kashmir blue sapphire demand and price
Being excessively popular due to its ‘true’ brilliant blue hue and extremely velvety texture, the limited pieces of Kashmir Blue Sapphire always capture unlimited demand among serious gemstone collectors, investors, and in the global gemstone market. A spotless and rich blue colored Cornflower Blue Kashmir Sapphire possesses a legendary reputation and is considered a top-quality gem in the sapphire league. Royal Blue Sapphire comes next in the race. Remarkably, even a pale blue sapphire fetches an unexpectedly significant amount just because of being from the Kashmir origin.
Kashmir Sapphires are not only highly valuable but are extremely rich with a wide range of profound qualities in their cut, color, and clarity. As there are no new sapphires coming from the Kashmir mines, the availability of Kashmir Sapphires is quite limited and hence it is not easy to find an original Kashmir Sapphire nowadays. Kashmir Blue Sapphire starts at a price of around $750 and goes up to $60,000 per carat. The best quality of this precious stone grips no upper limit. In auctions, a Kashmir blue sapphire often hits a price of above $150,000 per carat.