VISHAKHAPATNAM GEMSTONE MINES
INDIAN NATURAL ALEXANDRITE
After 1975 Indian alexandrite found in light and since time it is very popular worldwide. These mines found in south India, which is far about 2500 Km from capital of India.
There are many small mines of alexandrite some of them producing alexandrite colour change cat’s eye and many of them cut transparent alexandrite. There are 2 very famous mines are as follows-
This mines still producing out standing larger sizes alexandrite which clarity is super ‘FL to VVS’ the colour of stones is strong green and when we put light on them they turn it’s colour to purple or RUBY RED. The monsoon time is best time to search stones, due to softness of land and worker can dig easily but this is very hard to work as this time the soil is very soft and Govt. not allow to work.
The Vishakhapatnam Mines are located along the Bay of Bengal coastline, at the city of Vishakhapatnam, in Andhra Pradesh, India. The town of Vishakhapatnam was part of the Kalinga Empire, conquered by Emperor Ashoka in 260 BC. Under British rule, Vishakhapatnam was transformed into a major port city that is home to India’s Vizag naval shipbuilding yard.
The Vishakhapatnam Mines are one of the few locations that Alexandrite (aka Tsarstone) has been found outside of Russia’s Ural Mountains, the Nova Era region of Minas Gerais Brazil, and Madagascar’s sapphire mining region of Ilakaka.
The mines at Vishakhapatnam are known for the high clarity of their alexandrite. Most of the mining is conducted illegally, by freelance miners who dig during the monsoon season while the earth is soft. The Vishakhapatnam region also produces greenish-yellow cat’s eye chrysoberyl known as Vyduryam.
This mine is near to ”vishakhapatnam mines in India” about 200 Km from this first mine. This mine is currently producing high grade natural alexandrite with FL to VVS clarity and strong in colour. The colour change of this mine is very excellent and change green to ruby red shade with some Blue tones. Narsipatnam mines is very near to Indian south costal area, Ceylon is near to south India, this is a reason that some of mines are situated in Ceylon, but the actual origin of this alexandrite is south India.