- 1.16ct teal emerald cut Sapphire
- Measures 7.96 x 4.89 x 2.86mm
- Purchased from Abdallah in Tanzania
- Cut by artisanal cutters in Chiang Mai, Thailand
We love sapphires for their versatility, durability (they have a Mohs Hardness rating of 9) and because they come in myriad colors and color combinations. In fact, sapphires are “allochromatic” meaning they come in every color of the rainbow (red ones are called Rubies)! Our Tanzanian Umba Valley sapphires often have a unique characteristic called “epigenetic staining” or orange inclusions that are a direct result of the glorious iron-rich earth they can be found in. It’s like a “birthmark” they carry and we think it makes them even more special.
Teal sapphires have exploded in popularity in the past few years, for good reason: they are wonderful gems that combine the timelessness of blue sapphire with the uniqueness of green sapphire. Affectionately called “mermaid sapphires” by some, these stones evoke calming ocean lagoons and adventurous escapes.
Sapphire is the birthstone for September.
Gems from the heart
Moyo means 'heart' in Kiswahili. Our new project expands our Moyo Gems cutting from one person in the US, Beth Stier, to a group of five independent artisanal cutters in Chiang Mai, Thailand. These gems are beautifully precision cut by Gao and Khal (husband + wife) along with Lek, Yod, and Albert. Gao does all the dopping and polishing and Albert cuts the majority of the melee-sized gems. This kind of cutting efficiency can allow us to purchase more of the smaller East African rough gems, which brings fully traceable gemstone melee to the market AND provides a valuable outlet for the gem miners in East Africa: win/win!
A Moyo gem gives back a higher percentage of the sale than an ANZA gem, and this amount is re-invested into the Moyo Gems program to help run market days and support local community needs.