Giving less importance to origin of Sapphires – The introduction of Nigerian Blue sapphires

  •          For those who are into: Investment in Blue sapphires. 
  •          Wholesale? Going for the look? Nigerian sapphires are the answer to nice quality sapphires for repeatable purchases. 

         For decades Wholesale Blue sapphires from Ceylon have been the most wanted origin of sapphires for reasons of fire and brilliance and color’s hue and saturation and tone. With the introduction of Blue sapphires from Nigeria – I will here talk about why Nigerian blue sapphires are the most important replacement for the famous Ceylon sapphires.

Different colors of Blue sapphires

As I was flying from Hongkong to Bangkok, having exhibited the Hongkong Jewellery Manufacturer’s show 2015 in Wan Chai, I came up with this analysis, during the flight. Ofcourse more corrections were made later as I came to work on Monday.

Some background about Nigerian sapphires: Nigerian sapphires were found in 1990’s, but the commercial production of nice high quality and in quantities really came around in 2014, last year. GIA, however, only wrote an article about these in late 2014. Wholesalers of Sapphires like us, with our network, we found about these only a week later Sapphires came to the local African news. 

This is what we did when we found this out:
  • We stocked about 50,000 carats of Blue sapphires
  • Mainly calibrated sizes for repeat orders
  •  Sizes from 2 mm size rough to 10 mm size rough.   
 Last year when I was at GIA meeting at the JCK Las Vegas show, one of speaker talked about Africa, as the important region to help issues with quality and availability of nice quality precious and semi precious gemstones.
      For investment? Alright, give importance to the origin of the sapphires.

      The origin of the sapphires are a more important investment factor when an investor is planning to spend some money on high end Blue sapphires. Fine, go for Kashmir or Ceylon Blue sapphires. The reason is because these origin stones gain the highest value of all origins due to the rarity and the quality we tend to get from these origins. Kashmir, being in the middle of Pakistan and India, is a difficult place to mine for sapphires, thus being one of the reasons of high prices on these sapphires. Ceylon (Srilanka) is a small island in the south of India, how much natural resources can it give out? In the past few years, Ceylon sapphire sources have dried out.
      Wholesale? Going for the look? Need something more economical without compromising for the look? Go for Nigerian Blue sapphires
      According to our subjective analysis, more than 90% of the Blue sapphires found in the US stores are either kancha (Kanchanaburi, Thailand) or Nigeria sapphires. The reason is, when you are looking for calibrated blue sapphires stones in wholesale, you want to buy repeatable items, only these two origins produce Blue sapphires which can be sold today and bought again tomorrow from wholesalers like us in Bangkok.
      Now, if you really are one of those who like Blue sapphires for their look and believe blue is in trend, (More than 70% of the youth these days perceive looks and buzz as the buying reason of any gemstone jewellery) then really Nigerian sapphires are for you.

     Some Interesting facts that I’d love to share with my readers about this topic:

  •             I don’t say that for every piece of Ceylon blue sapphire you find in the market, you can find a blue sapphire from Nigeria to replace it at a lower price, but you can definitely find a similar piece and sometimes at a better look then a Ceylon. Quality and color of Blue sapphire is explained here:
  •       The new heating processes are producing some very find quality Nigerian sapphires that can literally be mixed in a parcel of Blue sapphires from Ceylon without having anyone realize it.

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  1. Hey I totally think that your post is subjective, however it has a lot of good information about Sapphires from different origins, including kashmir, ceylon and nigeria. I'd say that it would be better thing to say about the marketing that has been lacking in order to promote Nigerian sapphires. I sell other items, but do get inquiries for some precious stones once in a while so would only ask, but assuming many don't know what Nigerian sapphires are, if they looked the same I'd want nigerian to be at least 20%-30% lesser in price for me to go for them, otherwise I'd go for Ceylon because of the name and marketing and brand!

    1. Hey Zina, correct. I could kind of agree with you about the pricing of the Blue sapphires from Nigeria needed to be at least 20% lesser compared to Ceylon, and that is the reason I had spent hours writing this piece of content. Thanks for the input and the appreciation though. Ceylon def for the brand and name, but Nigeria definitely for the looks and the quality. Did you check out the video where I was explaining the color of blue sapphires:

  2. I love sapphire's deep blue color. Great informative blog

  3. Thank you Guna! We try to give out greet information on our blogs! Thank you very much for following!

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    1. Hey! Thank you! The "different colors of blue sapphires" are actually real stones that we took to explain the different colors that are actually available in blue sapphires. There are a few other articles on blue sapphire too like this one, you may like it too:


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