With a hardness at a 9 on the Mohs scale (only second to diamond at 10), sapphires are an excellent choice for active outdoor enthusiasts or anyone that typically keeps their jewelry on when doing daily activities besides typing on a keyboard.
Did you know you can go mine for Sapphires in Montana? Learn more in my blog post on Digging for Sapphires.
Other fun facts:
- Sapphire is traditionally given for the 5th and 45th wedding anniversary and is a popular substitute for a diamond as an engagement or wedding ring.
- Sapphires are most commonly known for the deep blue gemstone variety of corundum however sapphires come in all colors of the rainbow except red, that's a ruby. Any color not blue is called 'fancy".
- Trace elements like copper, chromium, iron, magnesium, and titanium give corundum (sapphire), its color.
- Sapphire is my birthstone and I definitely have favorites! Check out my blog post on Beauty in the Rough: The Hunt for Sapphire to discover my top three!
The photo above is an untreated .64ct rough sapphire that I mined myself in Montana and then cast in 14k gold! I love the pastel shades of blue and green!