National Jeweler: Heading West to See a Sapphire Mine
Potentate currently holds what it says is the largest sapphire-producing land package in the western hemisphere through two properties in southwestern Montana.
National Jeweler: 5 Things to Know About … American Gems
Americut’s technology makes it possible to cut in the U.S. and avoid the necessity of shipping the rough stones overseas, Abel said, allowing it to offer the “All-American Sapphire,” which it says is the first time that sapphires have been mined, cut and polished in all sizes in the U.S.
The Centurion: Brand News: Montana Sapphire Mine Offers American-Made Option
Jewelry with Potentate Mine sapphire cut by Americut Gems is one of the few brands that legally can wear the label “Made In The USA,” assuming the finished pieces also are created here. Americut hopes American jewelers develop the same kind of affinity for Rock Creek sapphire that Canadian jewelers have for Canadian diamonds.
GIA: Gem’s and Gemology Summer 2017 Big Sky Country Sapphire: Visiting Montana’s Alluvial Deposits
Americut Gems is working on heat treating and precision cutting sapphires purchased from Potentate. They use robotic cutting systems to precisely facet stones ranging from 2.5 to 4.5 mm. The stones are faceted as modified round brilliants and to display the “hearts and arrows” effect seen in some diamonds.
GIA: Robotic Colored Stone Cutting Machine
At the technology pavilion of the AGTA show, master cutter Kiwon Jang of KLM Technology (New Brunswick, New Jersey) demonstrated the Jang 1024, a robotic system for cutting colored stones. GIA: GEMS & GEMOLOGY, SUMMER 2016, VOL. 52, NO. 2 Click Picture for more…