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:
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