Montana yellow sapphire ring, custom made to order. This yellow sapphire ring looks like a pot of gold! A lovely engagement ring for anyone seeking an alternative to a diamond center stone, or an everyday ring - it's unisex too! Nice woven decorative pattern on the band, and its low profile and lack of sharp edges would make it a good choice for anyone who needs their ring to stay out of their way.
The gem is a 0.85 carat, 5.6mm yellow Montana sapphire. The color is a blend of a deep orange-yellow and a bright true yellow. It's a truly gorgeous gem.
It has a couple of eye visible rutile inclusions, but they blend in with the facets, so you have to look really hard for them. In sapphires, inclusions that don't detract from the appearance of the gem are often valued, because they can help a gemologist determine that the stone is natural and even its origin. It's hard to tell if this stone was heated to enhance its clarity, so let's assume it probably was.
This gem was mined in Montana, in the USA. These special gems are collected from the gravel bars and creek beds of Montana. They are genuine, corundum sapphire and one of my best selling gems. Most Montana sapphires are light shades of blue-green-grey, with occasional pinks, yellows, whites, and deeper blues. Most of them are very small and cut gems in the 2-3mm range; large ones such as this gem are rare.
► Solid precious metal. 100% recycled; refined, alloyed, and cast in the US. "New" gold used by many major jewelry retailers cuts costs but supports toxic, environmentally destructive mining practices and in some cases, slave labor.
Don't want a diamond? Unlike some jewelers, we won't shame you for wanting something different. In addition to an extensive gem inventory, we work with fair trade/direct trade gem sources worldwide. Give us a little time, and we’ll be able to get just about any gemstone you can imagine....even if we have to send someone to the mine, have it dug up, and cut it to order. How’s that for awesome?
Moissanite for near-diamond brilliance and hardness at a fraction of the cost. Lab created bold blue sapphire. Affordable CZ. Semi-mounts to set your own stone into. These are just the stock options; contact us for personal help picking out the perfect stone for you.
A Distinction Jewelry Exclusive Design
Embrace the real you with an exclusive, custom made, designer ring. Proposing? Your one-in-a-million deserves to say yes to a designer ring that will never be found on clearance in a smudged shop window.
Each ring is made to order in exactly your size using a combination of a sophisticated jeweler's CAD system, modern CAM milling technology and old-school hands-on artisan goldsmithing. With this technology you get a completely custom ring in just weeks rather than several months. It takes an average of only 3-8 weeks from the time your order is finalized.
Choose just about any precious metal - platinum, palladium, silver, gold from 10k to 22k, even exotic golds like rose or green gold. Engrave it with your own handwriting, or choose a font and fill color (band width permitting). If our signature mirror polish finish doesn't do it for you, pick from eight different surface textures. Hammered and satin are the most popular. Just send us an email for non-stock options.
If nothing you see is quite right, and you want a ring that really sings to your heart, we can help. Custom design is what we do!
Why Distinction Jewelry?
It's easy to look at all of the things wrong with society, with business, and how 'things are done' and do nothing. As small cogs in a giant gear, it's easy to feel helpless. But we aren't. Small choices on the part of each of those cogs add up to something powerful and special. As a small business owner, I want to build something humanity can be proud of; a commercial endeavor that improves the lives of those it touches.
We are woman-owned and operated, a US small business, and we believe fair trade principles should apply to Americans, too. Our goal is to build a business that benefits employees with good jobs, buys from other quality small businesses, and refuses to join the race to the bottom. Distinction Jewelry will never be your cheapest option, because we don't exploit cheap labor or materials. Even mundane details like the polishing compounds we use are the best on the market, used by top luxury watchmakers and jewelers.
Respecting our customers, our employees, and our planet.
We will always provide you with the quality and radiant beauty of clean, artisan-crafted luxury you can feel good about wearing. Bring the beauty of true fine jewelry into your life. We always put quality ahead of cost; the goal is an exquisitely crafted piece that will be admired by future generations.
As a design-focused company, we strive to present you with designs that are exciting and unique, with a fresh aesthetic that catches the eye and sets you apart. We design for lasting durability, not just a fast sale; we're not going to sell you a fragile opal in an engagement ring or a thin, hollow band that won't last.
We are a LGBT+ friendly jeweler and are proud to work with people of all orientations and genders to create meaningful jewelry to celebrate engagements, weddings, and other special milestones in your life.
We want to employ Americans at living wages, with modern human-friendly working conditions like working from home, flexible hours, and bringing pets to the office. At Distinction Jewelry, customer service is a priority and an honorable profession warranting the best people and pay.
As we grow, we're eager to empower brilliant, keenly skilled people regardless of race, gender, orientation, education, or other subtle factors that disadvantage those who do not come from privileged backgrounds. Our dream is to lift people higher with jobs that are accessible, fun, and fulfilling.
We use ethically sourced gems from small businesses and individuals around the world. If we buy from small American companies, and individual miners in Africa, and small family businesses in India, our purchases can boost more than the economy: they can boost people.
We use sustainable US-recycled and refined metals. Hand-collected, responsibly mined, and lab grown gems all minimize environmental impact. Our packaging is carefully selected to use minimal plastic, while being re-usable and recyclable wherever possible.
Can one small brand do that? Take a path long abandoned by profits-first corporations, in a fiercely competitive market? That depends on you, our customers. Will you buy that cheap megastore ring that supports toxic mining and slave labor? Or will you join us in building the world you want, one choice at a time?
Caveats and Addendums*
Custom made items such as this ring cannot be returned. Please be sure of details like metal and stone choices, size, etc. before you order. Thanks for your understanding!
Ring images are photorealistic renders from my CAD system. Consider them a really amazing preview sketch! Diamonds tend to render accurately, but colored gemstones are often markedly different in appearance from the renders. Whenever possible I’ve included an example photo of the actual gem variety for a more realistic presentation. Unique designs even include a photograph of the exact gem that will be used in the ring.
All values for stone size and weight are approximate.
* Yes, that is a Firefly reference.