Authorities now begin ‘Thorough Exploration’ of Kashmir Sapphire
Kishtwar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration is planning to carrying out a thorough exploration investigation of Sapphire, which is located in the Padder area of the Kishtwar district.
Sapphire is the most precious and valuable blue gemstone. It is a very desirable gemstone due to its excellent color, hardness, durability, and luster. In the gem trade, Sapphire without any color prefix refers to the blue variety of the mineral corundum.
The meeting was attended by experts from the Mining Department, Director Geology and Mining, O P Bhagat, Additional Secretary, Mining Arun Kishore Kotwal, Director Geological Survey of India (GSI), J&K, Ajay Kumar, General Manager, Mineral Exploration and Consultancy Limited (MECL) P Ravindran, MD J-K Minerals Limited, Vikram K Gupta, geologists, and others.
The GSI team made a detailed presentation about their exploratory studies conducted during the last two to three years in the Khan area of Padder regarding the presence of Sapphire and Ruby-like precious gems in different Adits, mostly in Corundum form.
Caption for image above: A FILE PHOTO OF A PRECIOUS GEMSTONE SAPPHIRE, WHICH IS BEING FOUND IN KISHTWAR’S PADDAR VALLEY.
Correction: From Lotus Gemology / Richard Hughes – Lazurite crystals from Afghanistan.
Let’s hope the “experts” doing the exploration know what to look for. – gr