Idaho Opals & Montana Sapphires!
Welcome to the Montana Gems website (Formerly Opal Mountain Gems). From a hobby interest, we’ve built a family business around the enjoyment we get from finding gems as a family. Located in Philipsburg, near the Gem Mountain sapphire deposit, we are fortunate to have access to such things like sapphire, moss agate, garnet, opal, sunstone and many others. Because we all found such enjoyment with this, we chose to start a family business where we could work together and bring these treasures to you. We know many other people have similar interests and hope this website will allow us to share our finds with those that appreciate a beautiful rock as much as we do.
Many of the Montana sapphires we offer will be natural, untreated gemstones. We find great beauty in the natural colors of the Montana Sapphire with a brilliance of a well cut diamond. Many sapphires will benefit from the heat treating process to help in clarity and color and will result in a very fine specimen as well. Both the natural and treated Montana sapphire comes in every color of the rainbow, yellow, pink, white, gold, green, parti-color (multi-colored) and of course, blue-every shade! Most often the natural stones will have a more delicate shade than their heat treated counter-parts. Heat treating may also cause some brittleness in the stone but in general, a sapphire is a very durable gem and should bring you years of enjoyment. Only you will know which stone truly appeals to you in color and brilliance and with Montana sapphires, there are a lot of choices.
Please be assured that all of our stones will be clearly marked if there has been any treatment or enhancement done to them. We take pride in creating jewelry with gems that were made in USA!
We now have a retail store located in Philipsburg, Montana, a great place to stop and shop! Just off MT Highway 1, the Pintlar Scenic route is a nice alternative to taking the interstate if you are traveling between Butte and Missoula. Our location is between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park which makes a great stop if in the area.
For Customer service, please contact us.
Other links you may find interesting:
Upcoming Rock and Mineral Events
Helgate Mineral Society Facebook
Bitterroot Gem and Mineral Society
ABC Fox Visits Philipsburg in Spring
Montana Sapphires at the Smithsonian
Rock and Gem Magazine – Lots of Good Information