This Montana Sapphire impresses even me. It's gorgeous color is a cross between aqua and sky blue and is all natural. With a length of 7.7mm, it would make an impressive center stone for an engagement ring.
I cut this gemstone in a design called "Omni Oval," written by Robert Strickland and one of my favorite oval designs to cut.
This particular Montana Sapphire didn't need the traditional heat treatment, being perfect just as it is. There is a small cloud of rutile needles within the stone as seen in the movie, but they are not noticeable from a regular viewing distance.
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 comes in an array of colours and shades, including white. The popular Ruby also belongs to this family as a red corundum. Sapphires and Rubies have a hardness of 9, making it the hardest coloured stone, and is well suited for daily wear. Sapphire also happens to be the traditional birthstone for those born in September.
1.7 carat Montana Sapphire Light Blue (Unheated)
Design: Omni Oval
Cut By: Bryan Wiebe