Commitment: Montana Sapphires

At MYEL, we've always been very conscious of our ecological footprint when we create jewellery. As most of us know, the jewellery industry could benefit from greater transparency regulations. However, there are ways to create jewellery that is more eco-friendly, starting with the choice of materials. That's why MYEL is committed to entirely local jewellery - from design to production. We are also committed to using ethical stones such as Canadian diamonds, recycled diamonds, Montana sapphires and synthetic gems.

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 Featured above: our Trio ring with deep blue Montana sapphires

 

A sapphire rainbow

Sapphires are known for their colour – a piercing, hypnotizing blue that transports us to the depths of the ocean. The pure, regal azure shade gives the gem its character, regardless of its size and cut.

Interesting fact, sapphires also come in a variety of colours such as yellow, orange, green, and purple. You can benefit from the gem’s virtues and choose the colour that pleases you most!

Sapphires are well-loved in the world of jewelry. Their solidity and stability make them very durable – a perfect stone to adorn a ring or a piece of jewelry that is worn every day, and that will be passed on for generations to come.  

The largest sapphire mining sites are located in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand. Producers also include Cambodia, Australia and the United States.

 

 

 Featured above: our Cluster ring with five Montana sapphires

 

 

Montana's treasure

Montana, situated in the Northwestern part of the United States, is dubbed the “Treasure State” for its abundance of minerals and precious stones.

Sapphires are found throughout the state, but specific regions such as Yogo Gulch, Rock Creek, and Dry Cottonwood Creek have particularly rich grounds. The meanders on the sides of the Missouri River also constitute a very fertile area.

Montana Sapphires are known for their brilliance and their distinctive shade of blue. Indeed, some shades found in Montana are unique to that state and cannot be found anywhere else in the world!

 

 

 Featured above: our single earrings with Montana sapphires from the Y by Myel collection

 

An ethical choice

Why is the Montana Sapphire a more ethical choice? Knowing the gem’s exact origin allows us to trace all the actors involved in its production, from its mining to its import.

The sapphire industry in Montana is comprised of small family businesses that promote fair working conditions and uphold transparent practices. For example, the field recognizes and accepts that most Montana Sapphires are heated to improve their colour or their purity.

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