revered throughout history for their beauty, sapphires have been a popular choice for engagement rings for generations. we love using ethically-sourced sapphires in our one-of-a-kind beloved pieces because of their variety of shades and colours, traceability from mine to market, and the high ethical standards around sourcing them.
our founder, maggie aurocco, set out to create forever-pieces that signify love as ethically and sustainably as possible— and we've never looked back. sapphires are extremely durable, making them perfect for everyday wear and heirloom pieces. the sapphires we use are predominantly sourced from montana, and we want to share some information about why we love them.
"i knew that with jessica's personality, just any ring would not do… i knew this was the best place to find the perfect ring. as soon as i saw the collection and saw this beautiful blue sapphire shine in real life i instantly knew this was the one for jess"
being symbolic of romantic love, truth, and commitment, sapphires have long been an intuitive choice for an engagement ring. their popularity spread through various royal families in the 14th and 15th centuries, and in the 18th century their association grew more widespread with the publication of a popular story called le sapphire merveillance, written by mme de genlis.
victorian-era engagement rings were typically made of yellow or rose gold, ranging from simple, minimalistic designs to ornate acrostic ring designs with hidden meanings, in which different stones would be used as a secret code to spell out messages. for example, lapis lazuli, opal, vermarine, and emerald would be used in a ring to spell out the word 'love' - in this system, sapphires represented the letter 's'.
all our sapphires are typically sourced from rock creek and el dorado in montana. sapphires were first discovered in montana around 1865 by gold rush prospectors seeking out gold in the missouri river- but they were not recognized for their value until much later, when a sample was sent to tiffany's in new york in 1894.
one thing that makes montana sapphires particularly special is the broad variety of colours they come in: typically lighter pastel shades than their deeper, inkier counterparts found in other parts of the world. from soft sea glass greens and ethereal, smoky grey-blues to pastel lilacs and pinks, peachy yellows and oranges, and almost any other shade imaginable, no two stones are truly alike- guaranteeing you a one-of-a-kind piece.
sometimes sapphires are heat-treated to coax a more intensely-saturated colour and increased clarity to the stone. as we love them in all their shades, we carry both heat-treated and untreated sapphires in order to offer a wide range of options to pick from. heat treatment is a completely safe process that does not weaken or threaten the integrity of the stone- in fact, over 90% of gem-quality sapphires are heat-treated to enhance their colour and clarity.
sapphires score a 9 out of 10 on the mohs scale, which measures the hardness and durability of gemstones- a close runner-up only to diamonds, which score a 10. this makes sapphire an excellent choice for an engagement ring: sturdy enough to withstand daily wear and last for generations as a future heirloom
no two sapphires are alike. each is unique in colour and cut, as inimitable as your love storyas the birthstone for september, sapphires make a perfect choice for honouring september-born beloveds!curious about what makes our artist-cut sapphires so special? find out more on our blog.