fairtrade montana sapphire wedding rings

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fairtrade montana sapphire wedding rings

We recently had the honor of creating this beautiful Fairtrade, Montana sapphire wedding set for Brian & Rachel.

Sapphire mining in Montana was originally a by-product of the gold rushes of the 1860’s. Early prospectors searching for gold in the gravel of the Missouri River discarded the annoying blue pebbles that continually clogged their sluices.  The discovery that these stones had value is attributed to Ed “Sapphire” Collins who forwarded samples to Tiffany and Company in 1865.When Tiffany purchased the lot for $3,750 and declared that the stones were “sapphires of unusual quality,” a small scale sapphire rush began. Montana sapphire mines produced high yields of high-clarity fancy sapphires, with colors ranging from light pinks, purples, oranges, yellows, and greens, to pale blues. (source: Natural Sapphire Company).

 

We love working with Montana sapphires as they are typically Fairtrade gemstones, that have assurances of ethical practices from the mine forward. They come in a variety of gorgeous hues, like the teal that Brian and Rachel picked out. And, as a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale (next only to diamond) they make ideal ideal gems for everyday-wear pieces like engagement rings.

 

in process

 

Brian and Rachel loved the natural feel of our ‘through the trees’ wedding bands, and we textured the bezel of the engagement ring to match. Brian chose a heat-patinaed finish for his band, while Rachel went with a matte finish to highlight the sparkle of the sapphire. We think they make a lovely set, how about you? Congratulations Brian & Rachel!

 

fair-trade Montana Sapphire ‘through the trees’ wedding ring set

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