EVENTS

August 24th, 2017
Categorized under: Events

MINE FOR SAPPHIRES IN BELLEVUE

 

 

SUNDAY, SEPT. 17, 1 – 5PM 

Green Lake Jewelry Works invites Montana’s famed Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine to recreate its operation in front of the Bellevue Studio.

A $10 donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue will earn you a large scoop of genuine sapphire-rich gravel from Montana and the chance to discover your own stunning gemstone!

Green Lake Jewelry Works – 25 Bellevue Way SE

Free 3-hour parking in secured underground garage 

RSVP now by emailing ericr@greenlakejewelry.com

or sign up on our Facebook page

 

 

Some of the world’s rarest sapphires are discovered right in our backyard, along with a stretch between Montana’s Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Many of the mines in these remote areas attract families all summer long, where they can pan for gems just as Gold Rush era pioneers did. On Sunday, Sept. 17, Green Lake Jewelry Works will host a Montana sapphire mine right in front of their Bellevue studio, where anyone can have their hand at finding a sapphire. All donations will go to the local Boys and Girls Club (credit cards accepted) and Green Lake’s gemologists will be available to help inspire what to do with found gemstones.

 

HOW SAPPHIRES ARE MINED

 

Unlike diamond mining, where gems are extracted from deep in the earth by creating enormous open pits, loose sapphire crystals in Montana are discovered within shallow alluvial deposits that were once ancient waters ways. Small batches of these tiny rocks are loaded into a sluice and trommel that separates out only the gravel most likely to contain rough sapphire – blue green crystals that could mistakenly pass for beach glass. Miners then sift through that gravel by hand, hoping to find the next big gem.

 

On Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Green Lake Jewelry Works Bellevue studio, miners from Montana will deliver this concentrated gravel to our one-day-only event, where anyone can purchase a $10 scoop for the chance to discover their own natural sapphires.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR MINE-TO-MARKET MONTANA SAPPHIRES 

 

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR ROUGH SAPPHIRE

 

A large scoop of gravel from a Montana sapphire mine will cost only a $10 donation to the local Boys and Girls Club (Visa and MasterCard accepted). Just as a visit to the mine yourself, there’s a chance to discover anything from red garnets to precious blue sapphires. Anything that’s found comes at no additional charge, but rough gemstones only sparkle when they’re cut. Luckily Green Lake Jewelry Works is the only shop in America that custom-cuts these gems for individual clients, all in an open workshop. Rough sapphires that are found can be examined by onsite gemologists and faceted right in the Bellevue studio.

 

BROWSE OUR COLLECTION OF HANDCUT MONTANA SAPPHIRES

 

 

For more information, contact Creative Director, Eric Robertson at (206) 527-1108 or ericr@greenlakejewelry.com
SUNDAY 9/17/2017 1PM-5PM at GREEN LAKE JEWELRY WORKS, 25 BELLEVUE WAY SE

Montana Sapphires: From Mine to Market from Green Lake Jewelry Works on Vimeo.