Increasingly people are looking for affordable, unique engagement rings. Although, diamonds are always the front runner…more and more couples are open to alternatives to diamonds
Enter the Montana Sapphire.
Montana Sapphires are known for their intense teal color which sets it apart from other sapphires you may have seen. Montana Sapphires are also known for their brilliance & clarity. They may also come in other shades such as yellow, pink & violet…but by far the most coveted and well known Montana Sapphires are a gorgeous shade of Teal Blue…such as the ones we use in our engagement rings.
Many of them are “color shifters”…which in the trade means that they can change color with different light & heat sources. We love these and spend a great deal of time resourcing them.
who discovered Montana Sapphires?
Montana Sapphires were first found in Montana in the late 18th century by a gold miner near Helena, Montana. Some of the first Montana Sapphire stones mined were forwarded to Tiffany & Co. They declared that the stones were “sapphires of unusual quality” and a small scale sapphire rush began. These particular sapphires quickly became known as “Montanas”.
why a Montana Sapphire for my engagement ring?
Montana Sapphires have been successfully mined for over 100 years and are becoming increasingly rare. The most coveted shades are a bright teal green color and becomes even more sought after if it is a color shifter. These are the Montana Sapphires we always look for.
The Montana sapphires we use in our engagement rings here at Rough Luxe are for the most part, not heat treated. The particular chemistry of Montana Sapphires is not very condusive to heat treating. So, the beautiful Aegean sea color you see in the Montana Sapphires we offer is au natural.
We work very closely with families that specialize in mining the rough and hand pick every Montana Sapphire that we use…looking for rich depth of color and only choosing stones that have exceptional clarity and that are eye clean.
Montana Sapphires are by far some of my favorite stones to work with…as every single one is unique in its own way. I sometimes have a hard time parting with them…I want to keep them all!
We all know diamonds are a girls best friend, however if you are searching for an affordable diamond alternative…Moissanite may be just the thing for you.
Moissanite is a lab grown white gem which was first discovered over 100 years ago when a meteor struck the earth. Their brilliance and fire is 2.4 times that of a diamond. Moissanite is a both rare and scarce and therefore the Moissanite we know today is almost exclusively lab grown.
Proven to be harder than a sapphire or ruby and second only to a diamond, Moissanite is extremely resistant to scratching, breaking or chipping. They rank a 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness which is second only to diamonds.
When viewed side by side diamonds and moissanite are typically indistinguishable.
Add to it that they are eco-friendly and conflict free and are becoming known as the best and most affordable alternatives to diamond engagement rings. The clarity of Moissanite is clean to the eye and can generally be compared to a VS1 diamond.
All of Rough Luxe’s Moissanite Engagement rings use the Charles & Colvard Forever One Moissanite stones. Forever One Moissanite is completely colorless and is similar to a GIA certified E color diamond. The best part is that it is almost impossible to distinguish a Moissanite stone from a diamond with the naked eye. Many jewelers will even have a hard time telling the difference between a diamond & Moissanite without special tools.
Each Moissanite stone set into our rings comes with a certificate of authenticity and a limited lifetime warranty.
Is a Moissanite Engagement ring for you? If you are looking for a conflict free, affordable alternative to a diamond…it may be right up your alley. Most of our engagement ring designs are offered in both diamond and Moissanite options.
Not only do horses give you wings…they also can make you happy.
Literally. It has been shown that spending time with a horse lowers your blood pressure & heart rate as well as alleviates stress. It can also reduce symptoms of anxiety & depression.
There is a reason there are so many Equine Therapy centers around the country. One of our favorites is right here in Franklin, TN. and is called Saddle Up. They do noble work and focus on serving children and youth with disabilities. Check them out.
Some people say my horses are lucky to have such a good home…but my horses are my therapy…and I am very lucky to have them.
The dog days of summer are almost over here in Tennessee…and Nigel is running, leaping and playing through his sundog rainbow. It has been a hot one but we are looking forward to the changing of the leaves and the cooler fall days.
Sundance and Liberty Belle are too…
Ever since I got engaged and decided to make my own engagement ring…(after all how can a guy buy a ring for a jewelry designer…talk about pressure)…I have been wanting to add an engagement line to Island Cowgirl. Our new division is called Rough + Luxe and we deemed it worthy to have its very own website.
I have created a lot of commissioned bespoke pieces for clients over the last few years but it has always been a dream to do a proper line where clients can see exactly the ring they were getting instead of only a sketch.
The samples were slowly carved one by one and stones are painstakingly being chosen and set…and I am finally finding some time to breathe some life into this dream. I don’t think I have been this excited about something in a long time…short of getting my horse!
The signature pieces in this line will be our Halo Engagement Rings…They really have always been my personal favorite…and the inspiration comes from the engagement ring I made for myself when I married the love of my life three years ago. My 18k gold Halo Engagement Ring had a beautiful 1.75ct Grey Chameleon Diamond that I searched high and low for. I have never seen another rose cut diamond like this. This particular rose cut diamond is a color changer…which means that it will change from yellow to green to grey in the light & heat.
It’s never the same and always evolving…kind of like me.
We are going to be offering a variety of center stones from diamonds, to rare peach sapphires, to Moissanite to my new obsession…Octahedron raw diamonds! If you are not familiar with these…then you are in for a treat. I will be doing a detailed blog post about the history of these later.