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.