This new sapphire material was acquired from a small deposit in Malawi, Africa. This colorful colony in Africa has a rich cultural history and diverse ethnic groups. The area has a large population of native peoples, sprinkled with different cultures. They have brought numerous improvements to the area and you see it in the local architecture as well as food. The people live a very simple lifestyle mainly agrarian but they also supplement their diets with local fish and fowl.
The rough sapphire material was acquired from a small deposit by a local tobacco farmer who does mining on the side. It took several years to acquire the natural rough and employed many of the local villagers not only in the mining but sorting and grading of the natural rough. Sapphires come in many colors and this rough incorporates several of them. It contains numerous platinum, grey, and vivid high blue hues.
If you would like more information about sapphires please visit the G.I.A. Sapphire page. The below video isn't the mine where we obtained our stones, but the film created by the G.I.A. gives great insight not only into mining, but into the communities our stones are sourced from.