Montana sapphires are simply sapphires from Montana, the only US state where they are commercially mined. Sapphires were found in Montana in 1865 by early gold prospectors and are one of the reasons for that state’s nickname, “The Treasure State.” These were the first gem-quality sapphires found in the United States. Though they’re found in a wide variety of colors, the most well-known Montana sapphires are teal, blue/green, and blue-gray. Most Montana sapphires have a distinct pale color that distinguishes them from the well-known vibrant and darker blue sapphires that most people are familiar with. Montana sapphires are also known as mermaid sapphires and peacock sapphires. Montana sapphires are also ethical and conflict-free.
Whether blue green, teal, violet, periwinkle, or all of the above, Montana sapphires are called mermaid sapphires for a reason: they’re otherworldly color is hard to put words to. Montana sapphires typically display a range of color saturations within the same stone: dark grey teal spots with cloudy translucent portions. Because of their unique color, Montana sapphires lend well to non-traditional engagement rings, creating a cool palette when set in white metal and high contrast when set in yellow gold. Watch the video to learn more about designing your own Montana sapphire engagement ring.
See some of the rings we’ve designed using Montana Sapphires to get inspired.
If you want a unique engagement ring that’s guaranteed to be ethical and conflict free, Montana sapphires are a great choice. A Montana sapphire engagement ring is not for you if you want the classic look of a diamond ring with lots of sparkle and brilliance. Montana sapphires may not be the best choice for you if you want a traditional engagement ring as they tend to create an alternative look.
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