History of the Kashmir Sapphire
The following is the original account of the Kashmir sapphire deposits when originally found by two Kashmiri hunters, after a hillside slipped away, in 1881 above the small
village of Sumjam, Kashmir.
This piece is an excerpt from the
out -of- print British periodical
"The Gemmologist" as printed in the 1930's.
"For several working seasons after the discovery, the sapphires were recovered by merely
picking them out of the exposed face of the cliff, which is made up of decomposed gneiss; and even in this state they were so numerous that considerable quantities of fine large stones were collected.
Then, quite by accident, it was found that the whole floor of the valley was only overlain by a few feet of ordinary earth and rocky debris, and
that below that was a thick layer of white pegmatite and granitic detritus which carried sapphires in such large quantities that for a time they could be picked up almost like pebbles on a beach.
The valley deposit sapphires run quite large and have a significant quantity of fine gem sizes with some stones weighing a hundred carats, and up to three hundred carats by no means
While large, fine gem Kashmir sapphires do exist today they are highly valued and eagerly sought out.
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Kind Regards, Morgan Gemological Services Master Gemologist Appraiser Morgan, Senior Gemologist, Accredited Gemologist's Association