Learn About

Montana Sapphire Faceting

Learn About

Faceting Sapphires

The purpose of faceting any sapphire- blue sapphire, pink sapphire, or yellow sapphire-is to control the light entering and exiting the gemstone to best display its beauty and unique color. Faceting is the process of cutting and polishing flat "faces", or facets, on the gemstone to affect the best play of light through the stone. The standard round cut most often used on Montana sapphires has a top facet, the table, with thirty-two facets above the girdle, the widest diameter of the stone, and twenty-four facets on the pavilion, the lower part of the stone, which terminates in a point or culet. The precision of the cut determines the gemstone's brilliance, regardless of color, blue sapphires, pink sapphires, yellow sapphires alike, and a skilled gem cutter augments the stone to maximize the light shining through the stone thereby intensifying the sapphire's color.

At Sapphire Gallery, our gem cutters are local artisans who facet sapphires all year long. Experts in their trade, each facets well over a thousand sapphires a year. They fashion gemstones in all cuts, standard rounds, ovals, emerald shapes, plus many specialty cuts as dictated by the sapphire or the customer's wishes, for all types of sapphire jewelry, including sapphire earrings, sapphire necklaces, and sapphire rings. Like heat treating, faceting is a way to enhance the natural color of the stone, accentuating the brilliance of blue sapphire, pink sapphire, or yellow sapphire. Our turnaround time for faceting is three to four weeks. We also welcome you to give us a try in evaluating your sapphires from any deposit or location. We're simply the best at what we do!

Whether it's a custom "Set your own sapphires" or "Wear it now" piece of sapphire jewelry, Sapphire Gallery in Philipsburg, Montana, has the sapphire for you! Let us help you shape a memory.


Thrilled with my ring! Peg, Montana