Australian Sapphires Are Better Than Vegemite
Sapphires of Queensland
What do gold and sapphires have in common? Seems they are often found in the same places. Similar to the discovery of Sapphire in Montana, this very stone was also stumbled upon by gold miners during the mid-1800s in Queensland, Australia.
Misfit’s Australian sapphires come from Capricorn and Great Northern Mining, in the highlands of Central Queensland. Operations are owned and overseen by FURA Gems, an ethical gemstone mining enterprise. The rough parcels (or lots) of FURA gemstones come with a certificate of origin, enabling us to stay in line with our principle of industry transparency. Ethical sapphire mining practices are also regulated by the government, requiring a license to mine, setting standards for health and safety, controlling crime and corruption, and restoring the environment.
Australian sapphires include a higher amount of iron content which often contributes to a darker blue and sets them apart from Montana Sapphires, but when these Aussies are faceted into shallower shapes, for instance, a Misfit favourite portrait cut, they maintain a lighter but still saturated appearance. Australian mines surface a wide selection of colours and have recently gained notable attention for teals. This particular colour has seen an exponential increase in demand followed by an increase in price. The dreamy blue-green has been given the names ‘mermaid sapphire’ and ‘peacock sapphire’, adding a little extra romance to an already lust-after hue. But why settle on just one colour? This region also offers corundum with dazzling pleochroic elements, aka ‘parti sapphires’. Delicious milky, or opalescent sapphires in an assortment of colours are found in Aussie mines, too. It is fair to say that Australia champions an array of unicorn sapphires to capture our attention.
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