Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Rock trivia: The Unrivaled Kashmir Sapphires
Kashmir sapphire gems come from the states of Kashmir and Jammu in far northern India. This northern-most region of India is bordered by Pakistan to the west, and China to the north and east. Sapphires were first discovered here in the 1880s, when a landslide revealed the mineral deposit.
It is undisputed that the sapphires from Kashmir’s early mining days are the best in the world in terms of their color and size. Their unique, intertwining crystals give them their unique, almost velvety color. They are one of the rarest gems in the world, making them a collector’s item.
The most expensive sapphire in the world is known as Hill's sapphire. It is a cushion-cut, intense blue of 22.6 carats This Sapphire was sold for $3,064,000 at Christies. It now stands alone set in a gold pendant and surrounded with diamonds, but was originally part of a necklace purchased by the railroad magnate James J. Hill in 1886 for $2,200.

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     Kashmir sapphire gems come from the states of Kashmir and Jammu in far northern India. This northern-most region of India is bordered by Pakistan to the west, and China to the north and east. Sapphires were first discovered here in the 1880s, when a landslide revealed the mineral deposit. 
        It is undisputed that the sapphires from Kashmir’s early mining days are the best in the world in terms of their color and size. Their unique, intertwining crystals give them their unique, almost velvety  color. They are one of the rarest gems in the world, making them a  collector’s item.
     The most expensive sapphire in the world is known as Hill's sapphire. It is a cushion-cut, intense blue of 22.6 carats  This Sapphire was sold for $3,064,000 at Christies. It now stands alone  set in a gold pendant and surrounded with diamonds, but was originally part of a necklace purchased by the railroad magnate James J. Hill in 1886 for $2,200.

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