Teal and blue green sapphires go by quite a few different names–Montana sapphire, mermaid sapphire, and peacock sapphire–but they’re all talking about the same phenomena:
Beautifully colored sapphires that aren’t the traditional royal blue color typically associated with the gemstone. Instead, these ethereal stones are a unique and sometimes hard-to-explain combination of blue green, teal, gray, and even aqua…
… and right now, they’re more popular than ever.
In this article, we’ll go beyond the mesmerizing dreamy colors and explain what you need to know before getting this type of sapphire for an engagement ring, and show you some of our favorite blue green sapphire engagement rings so you can see the wide range of options you have for color, size, shape, and cost. All of our engagement rings are custom made and one of a kind, so if you’d like to create your own ring, please book a design meeting here.
What is a Montana Sapphire?
Montana sapphires are simply sapphires from Montana, the only US state where they are commercially mined. Though they’re found in a wide variety of colors, the most well-known are teal, blue/green, and blue-gray. Most Montana sapphires a have a distinct pale color that distinguishes them from the well-known vibrant and darker blue sapphires that most people are familiar with.
Montana Sapphire Origins
Sapphires were found in Montana in 1865 by early gold prospectors and are one of the reasons for that state’s nickname, “The Treasure State.” These were the first gem-quality sapphires found in the United States.
Mermaid Sapphires and Peacock Sapphires
Because of their teal, blue/green color, Montana sapphires are sometimes referred to as mermaid sapphires or peacock sapphires. These terms don’t point to different types of sapphires, but they’re a way to convey the unique color of Montana sapphires to consumers, and are commonly used on Pinterest and Etsy.
Are Montana Sapphires good for engagement rings?
We think so! Not only are they beautiful, but Montana sapphires (like all sapphires) are 9 out of 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale used by jewelers and gemologists alike. They are one of the most durable options for jewelry, coming in third behind diamonds and moissanite. They’re also conflict-free because they’re ethically mined in the United States.
Think you want a peacock or mermaid engagement ring? Ahead, scroll through our favorite sapphire rings that just so happen to be from MT.
Montana Sapphire Engagement Rings
1.45ct emerald cut teal sapphire engagement ring, The Christina, From $13,000
The Christina’s emerald cut teal sapphire center stone has a hint of gray and emits a different depth of blue or green depending on the light and angle.
1.73ct green sapphire engagement ring, The Donna, from $13,500
Light green and bright indoors and with an otherworldly aqua glow in sunlight, The Donna’s round cut center stone looks different from every angle.
1.38ct gray blue sapphire engagement ring, The Elizabeth, from $12,995
Showing how versatile the gemstone can go, The Elizabeth puts a regal spin on what is usually a pretty alternative looking stone.
1.56ct sapphire ring, The Liz, from $9,000
Can’t choose just one color? The Liz ring is made up of 8 different Montana sapphires in a cool color palette that ranges from deep blue, teal, gray, and hints of purple.
0.70ctw dark green sapphire and diamond ring, The Lindsey, from $8,000
Showing just how dark green sapphires can get, The Lindsey’s small round stones have a gray tinge for a mossy, forest green effect.
1ct blue green sapphire engagement ring, The Emily, from $8,500
With a beautiful blue gray green center stone, The Emily proves that not all sapphires that look like Montana’s are. So if you’re looking for this particular hue, you may want to look beyond “The Treasure State”.
Ready to create your own Montana Sapphire engagement ring?