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Kashmir Sapphire

Posted November 30, 2006 By AussieSapphire

Came across this interesting snippet of news a few days ago.  If you are interested in mining for the most sought after sapphire in the world, you may be interested in this upcoming tender:

Global tenders for sapphire extraction in Jammu and Kashmir

The problems of mining in such an area are obvious but perhaps the rewards would be very great for someone with the right experience and the ability to work cooperatively with the locals.  Our hope is that the people of the area benefit from these plans rather than see the wealth disappear without consultation or involvement in the scheme.

Genuine Kashmir sapphires are renowned for their beauty and for being very difficult to obtain – perhaps the difficulty of supply might change for the better.

cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire

Newsletter Dec’06

Posted November 25, 2006 By AussieSapphire

Hi all,

Plenty of time left for shipping all your needs for the perfect Gemstone Christmas.

New stock:  After being asked time and again we have decided to offer full Mine Run Sapphire,the real thing with no specials removed, just $5 AUD/ ct.  Unbeatable value for the serious Gemstone enthusiast.  More mine run parcels of quality Tourmaline, Spessartite, Emerald have also been added with  small parcels at large parcel prices – check them now as next stock will be dearer.  Just check out the new Parcels of Rough category.

We have also added more great individual sapphire rough including some very affordable pieces – still great quality so take a look at these new items.

Christmas special is a 20% discount on all our handmade Gold Jewellery.  A great gift idea for the special person in your life.  Truly unique one off designs at 40-50% off  High Street Retail prices.

Andrew’s Christmas picks:  If you cant see anything above, try these super deals:

  • Gem carat electronic scales just $36 AUD – weighs to 0.05 carats, great value, warranty etc.
  • Diamond powder for faceting  20cts just $26 AUD Hard to buy this cheap – proven quality.
  • Bag a beauty fossicking wash, great for young and old,fun and find guaranteed!! (Aussies only only sorry, overseas buyers look at the concentrated gravel). Check our Fossicking link.  Have fun!

Dont forget free Shipping for combined purchases over $100 AUD – just enter free_shipping in the box at the checkout (Redemption Code) to redeem this offer.

In the TRADE ?  Dont miss out on possible further discounts, ask today.

We have been spending a lot of time listing new products so please take a look – I am sure you will find something of interest.  Courier delivery is available so plenty of time to arrive before Christmas.

cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire


Website Problems

Posted November 22, 2006 By AussieSapphire

Just a short note to alert website visitors to some problems on our website with display of images.  Have managed to get small images showing but still having problems with large image pop-ups.  We are working on the problem right now and hope to have things back to normal asap.

In the meantime, if there are any items that you would like access to large images for, just email us and we will arrange this.  Please bear with us while we sort this problem out.   If you know of any other little glitches, please let us know and we can try to solve them while we we are troubleshooting.

thanks for your patience from Aussie Sapphire

UPDATE (23/11/06): I think we have this problem sorted out now (hopefully).  All images should be now displaying normally.  If you see a glitch, please let me know so I can chase it up.  Sometimes computers can be very frustrating !!

Black Spinel: Dark Star

Posted November 17, 2006 By AussieSapphire

Just came across this article in Modern Jeweler on Black Spinel:

Black Spinel: Dark Star

The article points out the benefits of using black spinel as a superior alternative to onyx or diamond and highlights some jewellers/dealers who have already discovered this fantastic gem.

“Braunwart (Columbia Gem House) is convinced many jewelers will resist the temptation to be onyx-wise and spinel-foolish. “The large difference in quality should outweigh the small difference in price,” he says”.

Here at Aussie Sapphire, we have been trying to tell the story of Black Spinel for some time.  So far, the feedback is very encouraging and we hope to see even more demand for this wonderful gemstone in the future.

Aussie Sapphire can supply black spinel at very competitive prices:  Retail price =  $6.50 AU/carat for faceted stones < 1 ct in size and only $4.90 AU/carat for faceted stones > 1 carat makes this a very affordable alternative.  Wholesale discounts are available to trade buyers.

Please browse our extensive range of black spinel calibrated gems – not everything is listed so please contact us any time to discuss your requirements.

 cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire

Christmas Sale on Gold Jewellery

Posted November 12, 2006 By AussieSapphire

clip8_7b.gifThose stuck for Christmas present ideas need look no further.  Aussie Sapphire is offering a fantastic 25% off our already discounted internet prices on all Gold Jewellery. 

We have just received some new pieces in 18k white and yellow gold – these look fantastic and would make someone special very happy. 

Here is a lovely 18k Ring with sapphire and diamond

Aussie Sapphire - 18k White Gold ring with sapphire and diamond

Click here to see more Gold Rings 

These Triangular Sapphire & Diamond Earrings look great!

Aussie Sapphire - Sapphire & Diamond Earrings 

Click here to see more Gold Earrings

Last example is our Sapphire/Diamond Circle Pendant

Aussie Sapphire - Sapphire & Diamond Circle Pendant

Click here to see more Gold Pendants


Hope this has given you some gift-buying inspiration.  These discounts will last until Christmas Eve but remember, these are one-off pieces so dont wait too long.  If your tastes run along more practical lines, please view our range of other products including rough and faceted gems, blank jewellery settings, gem storage and lighting and more.

NEW: Fossicking at home with our Bag a Beauty Sapphire Gravel and Concentrated Gravel packs – check out the Fossicking section for more information.  Great gift idea!!

Cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire