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    Montana Sapphires

    Montana sapphires are truly some of the finest quality sapphires in the world. They come in a variety of colors. They are COMPLETELY NATURAL gemstones.

    Sapphire was first discovered in Montana in the late 1800’s by gold miners working the gravels of Missouri River near Helena. The gold prospectors discovered the Gem Mountain sapphire deposit in 1892. Since that time, this mine has produced 180 million carats of sapphire.

    When modern heat treatment processes were introduced, Montana sapphire production went through the roof.

    Unfortunately, the sapphires from this location (Gem Mountain) are usually quite small. However, the color and clarity of these gems make up for it. They come in red, orange, yellow, green, pink and blue. They also come in a combination of these colors and because of their color changes under evening lighting they are extremely unique.

    Most of the gem grade sapphire in the market place is heat-treated. When Montana sapphire is properly heat treated, they explode with color. Diamond cutting brings out a brilliance under various lighting conditions that is unique to these gemstones. It is very difficult to find Montana sapphires that are gem quality without being heat-treated.

    There are four basic Montana sapphire regions but Rock Creek is known for its distinctly sharp colors. The colors range from cornflower blue to red/orange to mint green. Spokane Bar and Eldorado Bar are other sapphire regions and located on either side of Houser Lake.

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    Picking Sapphire Color

    Blue sapphire – The blue sapphire is exceptionally beautiful and has this royalty look to it. It symbolizes harmony and calm. It is among the most popular colors in the sapphire gemstone world and they are considered the most valuable.

    Yellow sapphire – It might not be as popular, but it signifies status and wisdom and is also associated with wealth. The yellow stones range from light greenish yellow to a lighter version of the same to orange yellow that could have intense or weak color saturation. In essence, the finest yellow sapphire is one that is between yellow and orange with saturation that is vivid.

    White sapphire – If you have a caring and kind nature, then this is the color that you should think about when choosing your sapphire because it represents care and kindness.

    Pink sapphire – Pink sapphires range from red to purple with vivid to weak lighter tones and color saturation. The pink gemstones are a symbol of playfulness and love and can make very good engagement rings. Peach sapphire is also a very attractive option and one that is very feminine.

    Green sapphire – Its low saturation and color zone that is not very attractive makes it less popular. The color is readily available, but unfortunately not as marketable compared to other colors.

    Besides choosing sapphire colors in terms of their meanings and virtues, it is also important to remember that the color dictates the value of the gemstone and the prices therefore. Sapphires that are most preferred are those with vivid, strong color saturation. The color saturation needs to be strongest possible without darkening effect and brightness compromise. The darker and clearer the color of the stone the more valuable the sapphire and the higher the per carat prices so always take the time to check your stone before making your purchase.