Blue Sapphire Ring by Susan Wheeler Design
Not only is this sapphire ring a gorgeous future heirloom, it’s also made entirely of ethical materials with a mysterious teal-y blue 2.39 carat Tanzanian sapphire center cut by Peter Torraca and an ombré halo of fair trade sapphires from Columbia Gem House, all set in fair mined 18 kt gold. The setting features Susan’s signature gold finish where clay is sun baked and then cast in gold creating intriguing and tactile finish. The final ring feels, looks good, and does good with 10% of the purchase going directly to primary and trade schools in Tanzania and Kenya.
This blue sapphire gemstone comes from the Umba region in Tanzania. This region is known for its multi-hued sapphires, garnets and tourmalines. These rich gem deposits follow the undulations of the Umba River in the Tanga region. Sapphires are found in the most incredible hues of blues, greens, purples, pinks, yellows and orange. Many of these sapphires contain a number of inclusions that give the gems their color as well as character. Though sapphires from around the world are routinely heated to remove many of the internal inclusions and enhance their color, ANZA Gems does not heat our sapphires. What you see is literally what you get right out of the red dirt in East Africa.