Sapphire Crystal, 83.60 carats, Madison County, Montana

Product Code: sap8

Stock Level: 1

Price: $6,269.99
Here is a rare, large sapphire crystal from an American locale. This beautifully terminated yellow / white sapphire crystal was found back in the 1930's in a little known sapphire area of Montana.
 
Originally said to have been found near Bozeman in Gallatin County Montana ( by the discoverer to hide the true locale ), further research places this most likely in the Pole Creek Area of Madison County in the area where the discoverer had lived.
 
I first saw this amazing sapphire crystal specimen in a private collection back in the late 1970's as a young man. The owner passed away and his collection was sold off, I thought this amazing crystal was gone for ever. Then I a few years ago, I came across it and was amazed to find out it had spent the past 40+ years in a collection in Europe. Now it is back in the U.S..
 
This sapphire crystal is a monster. it weighs 83.60 carats or 16.8 grams and measures 2.85 cm x 2.01 cm x 1.48 cm. It has great form and is well terminated. It is very transparent with part being a pale yellow color and the rest some would call colorless or white. Hard to see in the photos, but their are a few dark crystals included within the crystal, possibly spinel which is a common inclusion for Montana Sapphire.
 
The most well known locales in Montana for sapphire, are places that have been commercially mined over the years. These locations are mainly alluvial deposits. However, most people do not realize, that sapphire or corundum is found in many other places in Montana as well, but are mainly found in hard rock matrix. At best, these sapphire are specimens and are not gem quality at all. But on rare occasions, gem quality crystals may be found in these regions as well.
 
As I remember what I was told about it, it was said to be a rare specimen from Montana that was collected back in the 1930's. Originally said to have been found near Bozeman in Gallatin County Montana ( by the discoverer to hide the true locale ), further research places this most likely in the Pole Creek Area of Madison County in the area where the discoverer had lived for most of his life. I have had some Montana old timers say that they have seen crystals such as this but much smaller in that region of Montana. One of Montana's great field collector who sadly has now passed, Chris van Laer, saw it and did confirm that he knew of the area it came from and even pulled some smaller one out to show me, but said that area has not been accessible for decades. 
 
I had it for sale a while back, but questions arose about it's locale, so I sent it off to G.I.A. who certified it as being from Sri Lanka. It is such a rare specimen, that they had nothing to compare it to, so could only give an opinion based on what was in their database. Now I have had issue with G.I.A. and their origin certification for sapphire in the past. They have certified odd colored sapphire from Montana that I or the mine's owner dug, as being from Mozambique or Sri Lanka.  I know this crystal is from Montana, but without other examples for them to compare it to, G.I.A. will not change their cert.
 
I have dealt in Montana Sapphire for many years, and have found some "dog tooth" shaped sapphire even in the alluvial deposits, so these types of crystals are not unseen in Montana, however this size has not been seen before.
 
Whether it is from Montana or Sri Lanka, it is still one very large, rare sapphire.
Just an amazingly rare example of sapphire from the U.S., and one of the largest crystals you will ever find at 83.6 carats!