Kashmir sapphire jewelry is the subject of
this month's feature article. The subject was prompted by a record setting
auction sale at the end of April.
Kashmir sapphires are considered the most beautiful type of blue
sapphire by many, including the movers and shakers of the colored gem
industry. The soft, velvety appearance of these gems is what sets them
Kashmir sapphire jewelry in any size is rare. Pieces featuring a magnificent
gem such as the one sold by Sotheby's at their spring auction of
Magnificent Jewels are unique... and of "singular importance",
to quote the American Gemological Laboratories.
The piece is described as a platinum ring by Oscar Heyman & Brothers, with 32 tapered baguette
diamonds surrounding a 28.18 carat, square
emerald-cut, untreated Kashmir sapphire. It sold at auction for
$5,093,000. The $180,731 per carat sale price, set a world auction record
for a sapphire.
For exceptional gems such as this, the price is driven by the gem - the
platinum and diamond mounting is a means of displaying the gem.
Kashmir sapphire gems come from a remote and spectacular corner of the
world. 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. As you might expect, border disputes are
ongoing in these
The region appears to be the contact zone where the Indian subcontinent
continues its collision with the Asian continent, deforming the landscape.
This is a region of high, rugged mountains and alpine valleys in the
North-West Himalayas. The mines are primarily located on the southern
slope of the mountains forming the Kashmir (or Chenab) Valley, at about 15,000 feet in altitude. The climate
is harsh in these mountains. The working season for the mines is short...
generally mid-July through mid-September.
Kashmir sapphire jewelry owes its existence to gems mined in the harsh,
challenging, and remote mountains near the top of the world.
Kashmir sapphire jewelry connoisseurs appreciate that people are
willing to go to the ends of the earth to retrieve these magnificent gems.
Top - Kashmir sapphire,
28.18 carat gem in a platinum ring setting - recently sold at auction to
benefit charitable causes
Kashmir sapphire appearance comparison
Next - Kashmir sapphire, 28.18 carat gem
in a platinum ring on display
Kashmir Sapphire pendant, 22.66 carats
Kashmir regional map
Kashmir Valley view
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gem is lively and with great luster
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A Google search for links or images using keywords such as gemstone
photography can return some very interesting information and websites.
We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough
worldwide, and having the rough material cut by our gem cutters in Asia.
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Rolex Is Still Thriving At
109 Years Old
Rolex has always been about quality over quantity... for more than 100 years.
Quality materials, plus quality craftsmanship continues to produce quality
They have a history of understated advertising. When they introduced the the
Rolex Oyster, the worlds first waterproof watch, they used the “personal
testimony approach”. Rolex placed an advertisement on the Front page of the
British magazine, Daily Mail. The ad showcased the Rolex Oyster, being
worn by Mercedes Gleitze, the first woman to swim across the English Channel. In
the ad Gleitze stated that the watch's precise time keeping was not affected at
all while being submerged during terrible weather.
Other ads followed, featuring personal testimony of adventurers who were
aided by their Rolex timepiece in successfully accomplishing their daring
The Rolex Oyster has since been joined by other models, including the popular
Rolex Lady Datejust shown above.
Rolex has embraced the digital age recently. A YouTube channel, a Facebook
page, and other social media now feature the Rolex brand. Social media
advertising is another way of making a new generation of potential customers
aware of the Rolex brand.
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