The following are comments made by our readers in respect of our blog webpage on the Hill's Kashmir Sapphire, written and posted by me on March 21, 2008.
Posted by Setillia
January 2, 2009 at 3.17 am
This article, although quite informative, also seem to be biased in saying that a sapphire that is "Kashmir" is somehow better than other sapphires. I beg to disagree. A sapphire of exceptional fire and radiance can be found from any number of locations world wide and in fact, many reputable sapphire experts agree, that one can only guess where a sapphire has come from and just because it appears to be from a certain location does not mean it truly can be determined without any doubt.
Burmese, Sri Lankan, and Thai sapphires have in fact demonstrated such colour and intense "Kashmir" qualities, and today, sapphires that show such qualities are called ‘Kashmir’ when being referred to and it only means the actual look of a sapphire but has no connection with their origins. Since we now know that origin of sapphires is very difficult, if not impossible to determine without the slightest doubt, saying a "Kashmir" sapphire is better than the rest may be true, if the reference is to a stone’s appearance, and not to its origin. For those who still insist that the term "Kashmir" should only refer to stones originating from Kashmir, good luck to them as they go about in trying to prove that their gemstone actually originated in Kashmir and not other reputable locations such as Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka !!!