Montana produces some of the most beautiful Corn Flower blue sapphire there are. There are sites where you can mine your own for a fee, or buy bags of dirt that have not been sorted and dig our your own beautiful gem rough.
I was willing to put up with color zoning and inclusions to get the cool color. Click on any of the pictures below to see a close-up shot of each view.
The picture below shows some of the other colors that the Montana Sapphire comes in. These stones were supplied courtesy of JazzanJewels.com
Montana sapphire rough comes typically in "jelly-bean" shaped pebbles.
Click on any of the pictures below to see a close-up shot of each view.
I rough cut this material with a 360-grit plate, followed with a fine cut on a 1200-grit plate, and finished with a 14k polish. Remember to cut slowly and use plenty of water.
Sapphire [corundum] has a hardness of 9, making it excellent for any jewelry use. Sapphire's high refractive index means that I can use shallower angles for thinner pieces of rough.
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