Sapphires discovered in this region of the world tend to darker tones, especially deep teal to blue. From Victorian-era jewelry to contemporary design, sapphires are a favorite gemstone for bridal pieces to last the ages. A gem variety of corundum, sapphire gets its colors from subtle differences in chemical composition, such as varying amounts of iron or titanium. This produces colors that range from deep and inky to lighter tones, with a cool iridescent sparkle.
Green Lake’s Nigerian Sapphire Initiative is an organized effort to support the sustainable development of small-scale mining communities with investments in health, safety and education. In 2018, Green Lake financed the geophysical survey, drilling and equipment for a well to provide safe drinking water to one of the main mining communities from where thee shop sources sapphire rough. Proceeds from the sale of these sapphires go to support education in the form of books, safety with updated tools and techniques, and health with access to clean water and modern medicine. Visit NigerianSappireInitiative.org to learn more.