Bringing you unwashed sapphire gravel from 3 Montana Sapphire deposits!
The sapphire material we offer is still in the virgin state and is brought in from private claims on the El Dorado Bar of the Missouri River, Helena Area, from Melee Gulch in the Sapphire Mountains of Philipsburg and we also carry Yogo Dike material from the Roberts mine near Judith Basin, Utica, Montana.
The sapphires found in the El Dorado Bar of the Missouri River range from 1 to 12 carats, with the largest 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 gravel. 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.
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 more polished look due to weathering, making them easier to spot. They come in every color of the rainbow but tend to be light blues and greens, resembling sea-glass or old coke bottles.
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, gravel shipping usually costs about $10 per box using USPS Priority flat rate boxes. Washing your sapphire gravel on site provides for great entertainment in a relaxed family environment. Sunny weather helps you find your gems and sapphires but covered tables are available for those days when it’s a little wet. Our outside screening area is open year-round.
We offer faceting and heat-treating options as well as stone setting and custom designs. We would love to assist you in setting your beautiful sapphire so that you can enjoy it every day.