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Sapphires

How have Sapphire values risen?
Sapphire prices have risen more than 50 percent in a year - while availability is 40 percent less than a year ago.

What's driving the dramatic price rises in Sapphires?
Changes in supply and demand are transforming the world of Sapphires, particularly declining production at the world’s most popular sapphire mines and greater demand from emerging consumer markets like China, India and Brazil. Furthermore, just like everywhere else, the high cost of energy and resources are also having a big effect on price and supply.

Sapphire production in the past few years has declined at better-known mines, with no new major sources discovered that could offset those reductions. In particular, there is a current scarcity in the marketplace of fine, blue sapphires from Burma, along with a major decline in Madagascan sapphire production in the past decade.

Why is Sapphire mining declining?
Burmese production has declined due to the political climate and government diverted attention from gemstone mining.

Also affecting the global supply of sapphires is the fact that gemstone production in Madagascar — which supplied the majority of the world’s sapphires for the past 15 years — has taken a real nosedive. Most miners have moved out of the area since the former government stopped exporting rough gems in 2008 in hopes foreign gem buyers would open cutting factories in Madagascar. Unfortunately, the global economic slowdown and political turmoil in the island nation kept investors at bay. Despite a lift on the export ban a year ago, miners are reluctant to return to sapphire production.

In Sri Lanka, the government stopped issuing mining licenses to most miners and put a hold on many old contracts, citing environmental concerns. As a result, operational costs are higher, which miners are passing on in higher premiums for the sapphires they do produce. Overall production is down, demand is up, resulting in a steep price increase and global value.

Untreated sapphires are actually rarer than diamonds and the prices on these stones are continuously on the rise, as with all sapphires,  with no signs of slowing down.  All of our loose sapphires could be considered investment grade as prices are rising on all sizes, but we certainly do have a few exceptional sapphire stones  that would be considered major investments.

HedgeStone has sourced an exclusive collection of quality Sapphires of extraordinary beauty and value for the Investment grade Program. 
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