MountainMommaGems

Specializing in Genuine Fancy Montana Sapphires

Washington, United States · 333 Sales

MountainMommaGems

Specializing in Genuine Fancy Montana Sapphires

Washington, United States 333 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(127)

Announcement   Want to see how I facet my Montana Sapphires? Join me for a faceting photo journey on my Facebook page!
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I specialize in Genuine Fancy Montana Sapphires. All of my Sapphires have been hand-mined and heat treated by my family. Sapphires have been an important part of my family for over 35 years. I am happy to share our passion with you, and offer these gorgeous, conflict-free Gems to you at a fair price with outstanding service.

This shop wouldn't be here if it weren't for my Father, Ben Duffey and his love for hunting gemstones. Ben, Sharon (my Mom), and my brothers Tom and Mike and myself spent many summers digging Sapphires in the mountains of Montana. Ben did all of the heat treating himself in his back yard shop. Ben and Tom have since passed on, leaving me to carry on the family legacy.

None of the photos of our Sapphires are Photo Shopped. We just use natural light and simple every day artificial light to showcase our gems. Kind of like you would see in your every day activities. All of our Sapphires are tested in various lights for color change/ color shift tendencies and are listed appropriately to the best of our ability.

Comparing two Montana Sapphires from my shop and want to see them side by side? I'm happy to take side by side comparison photos for you, just ask!

I am happy to create a custom payment plan for you if you need to pay for your Sapphires over time. Send me a message and we'll figure something out that works for both of us.
Payment plans are made to fit you budget. I ask for 1/3 down and monthly payments in even increments on the balance. Sapphires ship as soon as they are paid in full.
If you want them faster, Paypal offers 0% interest financing for 6 months OAC. Just choose Bill Me Later upon check out. If you purchase your stones via Paypal's Bill Me Later, your Sapphires will ship within 1-3 business days! Everybody wins!

If you don't see what you are looking for, send me a message and I'll see if I have it in back stock or if I can get it in from one of my trusted sources. I have a multitude of faceted Sapphires under 6 mm and matched pairs that are not yet listed.

Thank you so much for supporting small businesses. We really do appreciate you!

Announcement
Last updated on Jan 16, 2016

Want to see how I facet my Montana Sapphires? Join me for a faceting photo journey on my Facebook page!
https://www.facebook.com/MountainMommaGems

I specialize in Genuine Fancy Montana Sapphires. All of my Sapphires have been hand-mined and heat treated by my family. Sapphires have been an important part of my family for over 35 years. I am happy to share our passion with you, and offer these gorgeous, conflict-free Gems to you at a fair price with outstanding service.

This shop wouldn't be here if it weren't for my Father, Ben Duffey and his love for hunting gemstones. Ben, Sharon (my Mom), and my brothers Tom and Mike and myself spent many summers digging Sapphires in the mountains of Montana. Ben did all of the heat treating himself in his back yard shop. Ben and Tom have since passed on, leaving me to carry on the family legacy.

None of the photos of our Sapphires are Photo Shopped. We just use natural light and simple every day artificial light to showcase our gems. Kind of like you would see in your every day activities. All of our Sapphires are tested in various lights for color change/ color shift tendencies and are listed appropriately to the best of our ability.

Comparing two Montana Sapphires from my shop and want to see them side by side? I'm happy to take side by side comparison photos for you, just ask!

I am happy to create a custom payment plan for you if you need to pay for your Sapphires over time. Send me a message and we'll figure something out that works for both of us.
Payment plans are made to fit you budget. I ask for 1/3 down and monthly payments in even increments on the balance. Sapphires ship as soon as they are paid in full.
If you want them faster, Paypal offers 0% interest financing for 6 months OAC. Just choose Bill Me Later upon check out. If you purchase your stones via Paypal's Bill Me Later, your Sapphires will ship within 1-3 business days! Everybody wins!

If you don't see what you are looking for, send me a message and I'll see if I have it in back stock or if I can get it in from one of my trusted sources. I have a multitude of faceted Sapphires under 6 mm and matched pairs that are not yet listed.

Thank you so much for supporting small businesses. We really do appreciate you!

Shannon Duffey

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5 out of 5 stars
(127)
rissalou

rissalou on Apr 25, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I did a payment plan for this sapphire with Shannon, and she is absolutely easy to work with. The sapphire arrived today and it just gorgeous. The sapphire is more clear in person than the photos, and the color and cut are stunning! Would definitely buy from again if I needed anymore Montana Sapphires.

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About

Sharing our family's passion for Montana Sapphires with you.

I started a shop on Etsy instead of building a stand alone website because I was drawn to the idea of community. I love to build lasting and symbiotic relationships with fellow small business owners and my clients. The story of my shop is a bit different from other folks who sell gemstones.

Our family is a unique one. We have been in the business of Montana Sapphires for over 35 years. My Father and Mother were very passionate about digging for Montana Sapphires and they brought us kids along on their adventures. We all dug for Sapphires ( I was the youngest and a bit of a whipper snapper at the time, so I didn't get to dig as much as I would've liked), Dad did the heat treating in his back yard shed in a kiln that he built himself. He got so good that he was one of the best heat treaters in the state. All of us kids learned how to facet when we were teens.

Over the years we all came and went in different directions, but we all kept coming back to Montana Sapphires in one form or another.

Now I am the one blessed to be holding the torch, carrying on my family's tradition and offering our beautiful Sapphires to you to make your own unique stories with. I love that our family legacy lives on in the tokens of love and appreciation that people make and gift each other with our Montana Sapphires.

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  • Shannon Duffey

    Owner, I Do It All. Listings, Photography, Shipping, Answering Emails, Sparkle Search Parties, Custom Gemstone Faceting, Customer Serivce

    My name is Shannon Duffey. I am the owner and admin of Mountain Momma Gems. My family has been involved with Montana Sapphires for over 35 years, and I am continuing the tradition with my Etsy shop.

  • Jeremy Horlacher

    Maker, Custom Facets Gemstones

    Jeremy Horlacher helps out with the faceting from time to time. He has an eye for unique designs and isn't afraid to try challenging cuts.

  • Sharon Voelkel

    Maker, Custom Gemstone Faceting

    Sharon Voelkel is a Master Gem Cutter with over 35 years of experience. Sharon teaches faceting lessons annually in Bozeman, MT and Seattle, WA when her health permits.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 1, 2016
Thank you so much for your interest in my beautiful gems!
I specialize in Genuine Fancy Montana Sapphires. All of my Sapphires have been hand-mined and heat treated by my family. Sapphires have been an important part of my family for over 35 years. I am happy to share my passion with you, and offer these gorgeous, conflict free Gems to you at a fair price with outstanding service.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept Paypal, credit or debit cards, e-checks and Etsy gift cards.

Paypal offers 0% financing on approved credit, just choose the Bill Me Later option at checkout.

I am happy to create custom listings and layaway plans. Just ask!

Layaway plans are fairly easy. I ask for 1/4 down and monthly payments on the balance. That means a payment every month until it is paid off. Due to Paypal and Etsy's fee schedules, I will no longer accept returns on layaway orders that go past 60 days from the first payment.

There are no refunds on Custom orders, custom faceting *** or faceting fees. There is a mandatory, non-refundable deposit for custom faceting services. I need 1/2 of the estimated cost as a deposit before I start faceting the stone. This assures that you are committed and gives me incentive to take time away from my family to create something beautiful for you. You are commissioning a work of art. The remaining balance (which the price will be recalculated as I know the stone's weight after it is finished) is due upon the stone's completion, and needs to be paid in a timely manner, preferably within 1 week from when I send you your custom listing.

***Faceting Sapphires is an art form, and as with any art form, natural variations are part of the deal. Those variations include color, cut, carat weight, and clarity. I do my best to represent the stone accurately as I see it before I begin cutting, but rough stones can be hard to read. It's like looking inside a house through a very, very dirty window and trying to accurately describe it's contents. Some inclusions can't be seen until the stone is cut and polished. There could be something inside the stone that dictates that it take a different shape. Extra weight could be lost or gained while navigating around internal characteristics. Sometimes a stone is different colors at different angles and sometimes changes color altogether. Sometimes we have to wing it. These things are all part of the process and art of faceting natural gemstones. Please allow for natural variations in custom faceted gemstones.
Shipping
I will ship your order within 3 business days of when your payment clears. Please note that e-checks can take 7-10 days to clear, so those orders will take longer to ship.
All orders will be shipped USPS priority mail (delivery expected within 2 to 3 business days, but can take up to 5 days).
I always add signature confirmation (please make sure that someone will be there to sign for it) and fully insure all items. You will be able to track your item's progress online with the provided tracking number. Handy!

If you would prefer to have your gems shipped to you overnight, I'm happy to do that for you at an appropriate additional charge.

If you would like to purchase multiple stones, or would like a custom listing made for you, please send me an email. I'm happy to put custom listings together for you.

I value my International Customers, and I am happy to ship gems to you. Send me a message and I will update shipping costs for you based on where you live.
Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties, taxes and customs charges that may be incurred with International shipping.
Refunds and Exchanges
Our ultimate goal is your satisfaction and great customer service!

Refunds or exchanges will be accepted on items that are returned in their original condition within 1 WEEK of when you sign for your package.
I personally double check all gems under magnification before I ship them, so I know what condition they are in before they leave. Stones that are set, broken, scratched, chipped, maimed, burned and otherwise altered-from-original- condition WILL NOT be accepted for returns or refunds. Sapphires are tough, but they can break, chip, scratch and even explode under certain circumstances (laser welders).

Please be sure to post mark the returning package within one week from when you receive it. Please fully insure and purchase signature confirmation when returning items. We are not responsible for returned items that are not appropriately insured and delivered to us. Keep your tracking numbers! Once I receive the stone back in it's original condition, I will promptly refund your money via the way that you paid. I am not responsible for any fees that are incurred during Paypal refund transactions.

No refunds on Custom Orders or faceting fees.
Additional policies and FAQs
Packaging:
Since most of the gems that I sell go directly from your hands to your jeweler (or as a jeweler) to make beautiful things, I pack my gems in gem papers (folding papers that are made for loose gems) instead of gem cylinders for display. I place them securely in a sealed envelope, and pack the box with bright tissue paper. If you would like something more fancy in the case of gift giving or display purposes, just ask.

If you would prefer, I can use newspaper or other recycled materials for packing instead of tissue paper, and I'm happy to use recycled boxes as well. Just request "Recycled" in note to seller at check out.

Gift wrap and note cards are available. Just ask!

I am happy to see if the gem that you love would be a match for any of my matched pairs. It's so nice to make a beautiful piece of jewelry and have the matching earrings or pendant in the wings for your next perfect gift giving opportunity. Or as a gift to yourself. You deserve it!