Sapphire, a variety of the mineral corundum, is found in almost every color, except for red. That’s because red corundum is known as ruby, while all the other colors of corundum are known as a sapphire.
The cornflower blue sapphires from Kashmir are the most preferred gems. However, political tension in the region has reduced the miners from doing any mining activity in this region and the gemstone has not been mined for many years.
The brilliance of the blue sapphires from Burma (now Myanmar) and Sri Lanka also fetch an amazing price in the market.
The so-called ‘Geuda’ white non-transparent rough sapphire from Sri Lanka was found to produce magnificent transparent gems on enhancement. Sri Lanka is also considered as biggest markets and origins of blue sapphire gemstone
Besides the Burmese and Sri Lankan mines, there are others that produce special good quality sapphires, like the mines in Cambodia, Madagascar, Thailand, Australia, USA, Nigeria, and Kenya.
Origins Of Sapphire Gemstone
Kashmir (India): Blue Sapphires from Kashmir are considered fine enough by the auction houses to advertise their place of origin (as with Myanmar Blue Sapphire and Ruby, Colombian Emerald). Accounts of the areas, its mines are very hard to find.
Sri Lanka: Are the biggest group markets & producers of blue sapphire Neelam gemstone
Laos: Laos is HouayXai mine for mining of blue sapphire stone. Laos sapphire stones are known for their rich and dark colors. It’s said that one can also find the black sapphire stone at Laos.
Thailand: the Kanchanaburi and Chanthaburi are famous mining place in Thailand. Both these places are a rich source of sapphire gemstones. Kanchanaburi has various colors sapphire stones but natural blue sapphire stone found from Kanchanaburi is dark in color.
Myanmar: Myanmar has only a few regions known for the mining of blue sapphire stone. The blue sapphire stone that is mined from Myanmar is found in enormous sizes in carat weight. The bright color star sapphires mined in Myanmar.
Madagascar: The active mine for producing sapphire stone at Madagascar is Sakarahaand Ilakaka. Old mines of sapphire from Madagascar are rich sources of very high-quality sapphire stone.
- Sri Lanka.