If you're in search of a diamond alternative that is ethically-sourced and cut in America, you must give Yogo sapphires a look.
The Yogo sapphire comes from the Yogo Gulch in central Montana and the discovery of this treasure came about as a happy accident. It was in 1866, the Gold Rush was in full swing, and the miners noticed that the Yogo Creek was full of pretty blue pebbles. It wasn't until 1894 that those pebbles were discovered to be sapphires and there began Montana's start of sapphire mining.
What makes Yogo sapphires special is that they have no cavities or inclusions, have impeccable uniform clarity, no color zoning, and don't require any heat treatment. Yogo sapphires also maintain their luster under artificial light sources, unlike other sapphires. For those who want a truly unique and valuable piece of jewelry—particularly an engagement ring—a Yogo sapphire is certainly worth the consideration. On top of that, you can feel good about investing in jewelry that boasts 100 percent ethical sourcing and cutting.
Gem experts have declared that Yogo sapphires are "among the world's finest sapphires". These stones run on the more expensive side due to their rareness and their price increases substantially once they go over .5 carats—proof that a little bit goes a long way.
Below are some stunning displays of Yogo sapphires in all their glory:
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