MINE FOR MONTANA SAPPHIRES
Montana Gems brings you virgin sapphire gravel!
Montana Gems of Philipsburg has a great on-site mining area. Get ready to get dirty washing your Montana sapphire gravel using our running water flume! Great fun for a single traveler or a whole family reunion. The running water flume helps wash away the mud so you can better see your gems. It’s also a great form of entertainment for those less interested in gem-hunting and would prefer to float some boats!
Our downtown location is easily accessible and provides a relaxed family environment. Sunny weather helps you find your gems and Montana sapphires but covered tables are available for those days when it’s a little wet. Our outside screening area is open year-round.
Get Ready To Get Dirty!
The Montana sapphire material we offer is still in the virgin state and is brought in from private claims. We carry gem material from the El Dorado Bar of the Missouri River, near Helena, Montana as well as Rock Creek sapphire material from Melee Gulch, near the Gem Mountain Peak in the Sapphire Mountains of Philipsburg.
Montana sapphires come in every color of the rainbow but tend to be light blues and greens, resembling sea-glass or old broken coke bottles.
El Dorado Sapphire – known for Big Sapphires!
The sapphires found in the El Dorado Bar of the Missouri River range from 1 to 12 carats, with the largest found on site to date being 34.7carats! Sapphires from this deposit tend to run larger than Rock Creek gems but are tough to spot due to their rough shape and muted colors amongst the river gravels. El Dorado sapphires come in a wide range of colors, with several color-shift stones being produced. You may find an occasional ruby, garnet, and/or hematite specimen. Often the hematite has replaced various seeds, nuts, even clam shells and give you a fossilized impression that’s quite interesting and fun to add to your collection. This material may also contain small flakes of gold, fossils or petrified wood.
Rock Creek Sapphires – Beautiful Blues
Virgin Rock Creek sapphire material from the Mountains of Philipsburg provides another flavor or sapphire mining. This deposit is rich in clay, making it a little tougher to wash clean but the sapphires have a little more polished or rounded look, making them easier to spot.
Finally, we have a limited amount of Yogo Dike material from the late Mike Roberts, mined near Judith Basin, Utica, Montana. We offer this material packaged in a 3lb bag. Complete with detailed mining instructions, a glass vial and some yogo chips. This material can not be processed in a day like our other materials. Something to take home and be patient. More like buying a lottery ticket!
Bags of sapphire gravel are available in our store to screen on premise in our outside screening area. If you can’t make it here, we can ship you our gravel, see our gravel selection for all your options.
We offer faceting and heat-treating options as well as stone setting and custom designs. Let us assist you in setting your beautiful sapphire so that you can enjoy it every day.
We hope you find us to be a gem hidden in the mountains!