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Montana Sapphires - "Born in the USA"
Montana Sapphires are mined in, you guessed it, the state of Montana, USA. They were discovered in Montana in the late 1800's by a gold miner working on one of the gravel bars on the Missouri River near Helena. Raw material is getting very scarce, the Montana sapphires on these pages are from many years of collecting. Montana sapphires have remarkable color and brilliance. The unique color of blue Montana sapphires reminds you of a favorite pair of jeans -or your favorite pair of blue eyes! Usually lacking in purple tones, they exhibit a gray or greenish-blue tint and sometimes even flashes of yellow. They also come in other colors, like orange, yellow, green, apricot, pink and colorless. There are some colors from Montana that are found no where else in the world. Sizes over 6mm are extremely rare!
Like all sapphires, Montana sapphires are tough and relatively scratch-resistant and make great jewelry stones.
NOTE: Stones on this page were photographed under 5000 Kelvin "daylight" lighting. For maximum color accuracy, descriptions were made in north-facing natural daylight, indoors, between 11am-2pm, at 32.89°N latitude.
COLOR: Wherever possible, a similar Pantone Color Card number has been used, NOT the Pantone colors online, which necessarily use RGB approximations, are grayer, and not at all the same. Since color is so subjective to lighting conditions, and daylight is in turn subjective to location, descriptions and pictures are intended to give a general idea of actual color. To know what these stones really look like, there is no substitute for seeing them in person.