- 3.09ct teal custom shield cut Sapphire
- Measures 12.24 x 7.67 x 4.97mm
- Origin: Tanzania
- Cut by Peter Torraca in New York
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.
When you shop with ANZA Gems, you're making a difference and giving back to East African mining communities. ANZA supports artisans at every level, beginning with purchasing directly in-country in Tanzania and Kenya, then using US and Kenyan artisanal cutters–a number of them women–to facet the gems into one-of-a by-kind creations. At least 10% of your purchase will directly benefit education, vocational training, community development and other initiatives supporting miners where they need it most through the nonprofit Gem Legacy.