Correct price of Blue Sapphire Gemstone In India
In the procedure of buying a blue sapphire gemstone, the first thing comes to our mind is blue sapphire pricing in India. How much it would exactly cost me to buy and wear a blue sapphire for astrological purpose.
One may get a huge difference in the pricing of blue sapphire gems from one store to another. Read this article to get a complete idea about how blue sapphire price is set in India.
Sri Lankan (Ceylonese) Blue Sapphire Price in India
Sri Lanka is one of the largest producers of sapphires in the world. It produces the finest blue sapphires which are used in both pieces of jewellery as well as astrology. In India, the genuine price of Original Sri Lankan (Ceylonese) Neelam starts from Rs. 800 per carat in retail, however, most of the low priced sapphires are heat or chemical treated which are of no use for the astrological purpose. The price of an untreated and unheated blue sapphire from Sri Lanka would start from Rs. 2,000 per carat . The qualities that we get below this price are very often treated with glass or colour enhanced by heating.
The reason why it is important to buy only untreated and unheated Neelam stones for astrological purpose is that the treated blue sapphires will have a shorter product life as they are more prone to breakage and damage due to the glass ingredient and they might lose their natural color over a period of time because of the enhancements made by treatments. This will reduce the power of blue sapphire making it of no use for us after sometime. Therefore, one must buy and wear only untreated and unheated blue sapphire for best astrological results.
There can be thousand or more classes of Sri Lankan Blue sapphires and price of blue sapphire may depend on these classifications. For the ease of our readers, we have classified the Sri Lankan Blue Sapphires into main Five qualities:
Those Blue sapphires which have many impurities or inclusions, sometimes has a blend of different colours inside them and may have some kind of deformities on the surface of the gemstone are categorized as Basic quality Blue Sapphire. Although they would lack transparency and blue colour, since they are 100% untreated and unheated, they may be enough to strengthen the effects of Shani (Saturn) in one's life. Price of BASIC quality Sri Lankan Blue Sapphire starts from Rs. 1800 per carat to Rs. 4,000 per carat .
Blue Sapphires having fewer mineral inclusions and better colour presence as compared to the Basic quality are categorized as 'STANDARD'quality Blue Sapphires. These are perhaps the most popular quality of Blue Sapphire as they fit the budget of most of the customers. Price of Standard quality Ceylonese blue sapphire is Rs. 4,000 to 8,000 per carat. A slightly better quality may also be categorized as'Standard Plus' which costs between Rs. 8,000 to 12,000 per carat.
Blue sapphires with good lustre, better clarity and consistent blue colour are classified as the Medium quality of Sri Lankan Blue Sapphire. Price of a Medium quality Blue Sapphire in India is Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 20,000 per carat . Slightly better quality can be classified as Medium Plus and it is priced between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 30,000 per carat.
Blue Sapphires having deep blue colour, good amount of lustre and very fine clarity are classified as High-Quality blue sapphire. They are best effective for astrological purposes. Price of High-quality Blue Sapphires from Sri Lanka costs from Rs. 30,000 per carat to Rs. 50,000 per carat .
The top quality blue sapphires which are almost flawless (just like VSI quality in diamonds) are categorized as Very High-Quality blue sapphires. They are also known as 'INDRA NEELAM' in local languages in India. In India, the price of Very High-quality Blue Sapphire or in other words, the price of Indraneelam in India starts from Rs. 50,000 per carat and may go up to Rs. 7 Lakhs to 8 Lakhs per carat depending on its rarity .
After Sri Lankan (Ceylonese) Blue Sapphires, the second most popular categories of Blue Sapphires is Bangkok Blue Sapphire which comes from Thailand. These are beautifully crafted brilliant blue sapphires. Some of the blue sapphires from Bangkok are so mesmerizing that they steal the hearts when exhibited in a fair or a museum. However, they are quality enhanced which means some kind of treatments is done to the natural sapphires to enhance their natural beauty. These treatments may range from filling the glass or lead to heating the sapphires at high temperature to get the colour scattered throughout the gemstone.
Generally, the Bangkok Blue Sapphire price in India lies between Rs 400 per carat to Rs. 15,000 per carat or above depending on the level of clarity and colour deepness. In general, these Bangkok blue sapphires have very deep blue colour with great lustre but the lustre is not natural. For astrological purposes, we do not recommend to wear Bangkok Blue Sapphires as they are used extensively for jewellery and have a very little astrological impact due to the treatments.
Other origins Blue Sapphires
Apart from Ceylonese Blue sapphire and Bangkok Blue Sapphires, there are many other varieties of blue sapphire (nilam) gemstones available in the world market. Some of the most famous are:
African Blue Sapphires, Burma Blue Sapphires, Russian Blue Sapphires, etc are also available however, their authenticity and pricing are unknown and mostly they are avoided for astrological purposes.