Montana Sapphires are found in three major areas in the western half of the state: Missouri River near Helena, Rock Creek in the Sapphire Mountains, and Dry Cottonwood near Deer Lodge. They were originally discovered in the Rock Creek area during gold exploration in the late 1800s, like many Montana sapphire deposits—gold mining was extremely popular in the area at the time. Let's have a closer look at this famous gemstone that deserve to be consider.

Different rings handmade in Montreal with deep blue Montana sapphires.
Galatée ring handmade with 14K Fairmined Yellow gold and a 6mm Montana sapphire.

2. An ethical choice

Why the Montana Sapphire can be consider an 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. And transparency is one of the most important criteria for MYEL when sourcing its raw material. 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.

When visiting one of Rock Creek mine, a GIA* team (Gemology Institute of America) noticed that the owner takes his social responsibilities to protect the land and the environment seriously. After mining, the land is covered with the fine material accumulated at the bottom of the pond and seeded with local plants and grass. Sprinklers work for several hours a day to soak the newly restored land. After a few weeks grass will start growing on the restored land and elk will enjoy the grass when winter comes. The plant’s waste is sold to the county for road paving.

*established in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry. Source:

At MYEL, we have always been very conscious of our ecological footprint when creating and producing jewelry. It is well known that the jewelry industry can sometimes be opaque about its supply chain for raw materials. However, there are ways to design jewelry that is more respectful of both humans and the environment, starting with the choice of materials. That's why at MYEL, we are committed to using traced stones sourced from responsible mining activities. We also use lab-grown diamonds, which do not require any mining.

4. A popular choice in jewelry

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. At Myel, Montana sapphires are one of our favourite choice when it comes to create an engagement ring.

Other sapphire mining sites are well known in the world such as the ones located in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand. Producers also include Cambodia and the United States, and Myel also enjoys buying Australian sapphires, renowned for their exceptional eco-friendly standards.

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