This beautifully pale blue Sapphire comes from the Missouri River in Montana. It was a privilege to purchase this stone directly from the miner.
I cut this stone in one of my favorite designs for small rounds called ‘Ruination’, by Arya Akhavan.
Unheated and untreated, this stones baby blue is entirely natural. There is a slight haziness, visible in the pictures but not noticeable in hand. This haziness is caused by a fine cloud of rutile crystal needles within the stone.
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.
0.48 carat Montana Sapphire Light Blue (Unheated)