To begin I would like to send my appreciation to all those who
contribute to this incredible forum. I love reading the heated
debates as well as the general topics. I thank you for sharing your
experiences and knowledge which I hope will help me avoid a few
pitfalls in the business.
I thought a few of our readers may be interested in Kashmir sapphire
and may be able to help me do research.
I stumbled into this business while doing social work in the
territory of Kashmir, India. Aside from our social work projects my
Kashmiri friends and I continue to gather pertaining to
blue sapphire, mining, and the other gemstone oddities coming from
the Paddar region, Kashmir. Our local and government contacts were
able to provide satellite imagery, topographical maps, photos,
gemstone samples, historical documents and more. It seems this is an
operation very few people know about and could make a good article in
a few of the major trade magazines.
Let me explain one reason it is important to have an article
published: I sent two faceted stones to a laboratory in NY with a
lengthy letter explaining my story requesting they contact me before
certifying this material anything but Kashmir. They returned one
stone certified Kashmir and the other Sri Lanka. Although Sri Lankan
stones and Kashmir stones can have some familiarities, this
particular stone has silk, color zoning, and crystal inclusions that
are not seen in Sri Lankan sapphire. At the least the laboratory
should have humbled themselves and written, "Origin: Unknown."
In order to thoroughly cover this subject I am in need of your
advice and or guidance on a number of related topics.
1.) I have been identifying the gemstone inclusions and find all of
the textbook examples (i.e. pargasite, zircons, tourmaline, etc.) but
more. I found a spherical inclusion outside of a liquid inclusion
(no it's not a synthetic). I am finding long monoclinic bladed
opaque brown-green inclusions, and what I believe to be long black
rutile, and other crystals that don't seem to match allanite or
uraninite and are certainly not documented in Kashmir sapphire.
Would anybody be able to help me identify these inclusions having
access to a scanning electron microscope or other diagnostic testing
2.) I don't seem to be finding the right market to sell my gems.
Most consumers and jewelers are not familiar with this rare and
valuable material. What magazine do you suggest I advertise? E-bay
is not bringing home the bacon and rare stone dealers want only the
cr=E8me de la cr=E8me which are not difficult to sell.
3.) What magazines would be interested in an article about Kashmir
sapphire beside Gems & Gemology?
Once again, I appreciate your assistance and offer my advice on
anything related to sapphire or social works.