|Written by Dylan Barnes|
|Thursday, 17 February 2011 16:12|
Sapphires, the second hardest mineral on Earth, can be found in many different locations around the world, but Montana is the only significant source of sapphires in North America. An accidental by-product of the gold rush, Montanan sapphires were first discovered in 1865. Prior to this, they were considered a nuisance as it hindered the massive amounts of gold prospecting that occurred in Montana during the 1860s gold rush. Since then, Montana sapphires have been mined in very limited production. The resulting sapphires come in a wide assortment of stunning colors with even some colors unique only to Montana.
This American gem primarily come from 4 locations in Montana, they are:
Sapphires from the Yogo Gulch are well known for their clarity and uniform blue and violet colors. However, the stones tend to be quite small and have stayed an expensive rarity. The other 3 locations produce sapphires in a much wider variety of color and can fulfill all sorts of tastes and needs for gem enthusiasts. Furthermore, far more stones have been mined from these locations and much larger stones are found on a regular basis. Of these 3 other locations, Missouri River stones tend to require heat treating less often.
Montana sapphires make an excellent addition to any gemstone collection as a great American gem, whether it's rough stones, faceted gems, or jewelry pieces. Those interested in the gems of the world shouldn't ignore this unique opportunity! Check out some of our jewelry.
|Last Updated on Monday, 03 October 2011 11:15|