While I was away I had the chance to go Sapphire Mining with my mom, auntie, grandma, and great-aunt. It was a lot of fun! We found some really cool sapphires and garnets.In the picture above I started out by showing you a photo of the bag of gravel I purchased. When you come in you get to choose out of a display which bag you want and this one sort of jumped out at me!
The “Miner” of the day opens your bag and rinse the gravel in a large bowl of water using box with a screen to clean out the clay and sand. Then she slams it on the table top and the sapphires are usually right on top (the bigger ones)!
My Auntie Becky and Grandma Bea were finding the big lunkers!
My mom holds up one of her finds!
You will notice they don’t sparkle or shine quite the way they do when you see them in a ring or other piece of jewelry. The Sapphires are rough stones that do have a sparkle to them. In order to make them “gem material” they are heated with pressure and then cut or faceted.
In this next set of pictures you can see the pile of stones on the table. Some of those are quartz or pretty rocks and some of them are sapphires. At first it is hard to tell the difference but once you get them in a pile it’s easy to spot the posers. (Isn’t that always the truth?)
The next photo is my grandma searching through her rocks to find sparklies!
A photo of me holding one of my larger sapphires, a light blue color that was nearly crystal clear. This one weighed in at 1.81 carats! Once it is heated and cut it will be significantly smaller than that but it is a nice sized sapphire!!
The final step is to take our finds to the specialist. She puts on her super cool x-ray vision (or not) goggles and looks at each stone to be sure it is in fact sapphire or garnet or something else nice and not the posers. Then she weighs them and separates the stones into larger and smaller piles and then weighs them. She gave us each a sheet explaining what we could do with the bigger ones.
If you made it this far then I want you to personally email, text, or Facebook message my husband and kindly request or strongly suggest that he make me something beautiful for Christmas with my stones (a ring and I want it round bevel cut). Excellent! That’s all for now! I thank you in advance!