Montana Sapphire Beads


Teal Beads Necklace Design No. 188258 & Pink Station Necklace Design No. 190146

Design No. 188292

We’re excited to announce a very unique gemstone offering to our Bellevue and Seattle studios: hand-faceted beads sourced from Montana! Read on to see how each part of our studio team helped bring these beautiful beads to life and how they were crafted into beautiful necklaces full of character and originality.


Sourcing

As Green Lake’s lead gemstone buyer, Brant personally seeks out the finest gemstones for our studio collection. With over 35 years of experience in jewelry retail, wholesale, and manufacturing, Brant brings an innovative eye to the Green Lake custom design process and is always on the search for a new project!

“During my many trips to Montana sourcing rough sapphire to cut into the beautiful collections of gems we have I kept noticing all of these smaller rough sapphire. These were great colors, but a bit too small to make into engagement-size gems. They were really pretty and it was driving me crazy not to be able to figure out a way to use them. On a trip In late 2022, I decided to take a chance and buy a nice little collection of these smaller rough sapphires. I had no idea where this little journey might end up, but started chatting with my cutters on how to make these little beauties come to life.

I threw out a question, Beads?

The cutting experiment started and the result is the amazing collection of unique and one-of-a kind Montana sapphire beaded jewelry items available today at Green Lake.”

Brant, Gem Buyer for Green Lake Jewelry Works


Creating a Unique Beaded Gift Collection

Design No. 190146

As our Bellevue Studio Production Manager, Alesha knows the ins and outs of the custom design process like no other by keeping all the behind-the-scenes fabrication processes running smoothly. A talented artist and designer on many of Green Lake’s most striking stock jewelry pieces, Alesha brought her expertise to Brant’s unique bead project:

“I wanted to create pieces that could be worn on their own or would layer well together. Hand-picking each bead creates the right balance of color and scale so each finished piece feels delicate and feminine. Montana sapphires come in every color of the rainbow and no two are alike, allowing each necklace to be truly one-of-a-kind. I was excited to see we were able to source a handful of pinks and oranges to have some warm tone sapphire necklaces in addition to the typical cool tones.”

Alesha, Bellevue Studio Production Manager


More Of Alesha’s Jewelry Designs with Rare Gemstones


Custom Designs with Montana Sourced Beads

Senior Designer Ellen loves to help her couples push the boundaries with their custom designs. This particular piece was incredibly innovative as it was the first time Montana sapphire beads were used in larger sizes and for a custom piece. What a gorgeous Dragonfly Pendant to celebrate a birthday!

Designing with the Montana sapphire beads was a very unique experience. Montana is a very important place for this couple, so when he called in wanting to design something with a dragonfly for his wife’s birthday, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. No two beads are alike, so it made for a fun treasure hunt to find the right size, shape, and color of bead to create the gradient the client and I were looking for. Jewelers Einar, Justin, and I worked together to find the best fabrication method for the necklace, and together we were able to create something that is both beautiful and meaningful for the couple. I am excited to see what future custom pieces come about!

Ellen, Senior Designer at our Bellevue Studio


Explore the Green Lake Gallery Collection

Every bead is one-of-a-kind, so every necklace is an incredibly unique combination of colors.