I feel so lucky to have this rich sky blue Montana Sapphire in my collection! It is breathtakingly gorgeous and immediately became one of my personal favorites.
I cut this stone in a design called "Squartuguese", written by Marco Voltolini. The design is a Portuguese cut fitted for a square with a step-cut crown.
The stone has been heated to really bring out the fabulous colour and I included a couple photos of the stone turned to the sunlight to really show it off. It's loupe clean and truly a centerstage stone! I can definitely see diamond accents in its future.
We purchased the rough stone directly from the local Montana miner. He ensures his employees use environmentally conscious practices with minimal impact to Montana's rugged beauty. The Sapphires are dug from alluvial gravel deposits along the riverbeds, and a lot of effort is put in to restore the land to its natural state when finished.
Sapphire has been popular throughout history, and that trend doesn't seem to be changing. Sapphire is a mineral called corundum, and it doesn't only come in the well-known royal blue. Corundum can be an array of colours and shades, including white, and red corundum is Ruby. Sapphires and Rubies have a hardness of 9, making it the hardest coloured stone after diamond, and is well suited for daily wear.
1.26 carat Montana Sapphire Sky Blue (Heated)
Treatment: Heat Treated Only
Cut By: Bryan Wiebe