Treasures in the Treasure State
Montana is called the Treasure State for its rich mineral deposits, such as gold, silver, and sapphires, which are one of the state’s gemstones and agate. There are two kinds of sapphires found in Montana, the Yogo Sapphire and Fancy Montana Sapphires (I love that name!) They are located in different areas of the state, with the Yogo Sapphires found only in the Yogo Gulch area in Judith Basin County, Montana. Fancy Montana Sapphires can be located at the Missouri River near Helena, Rock Creek in the Sapphire Mountains, and Dry Cottonwood near Deer Lodge. These sapphires are smaller and come in various colors, such as green, light blues, pinks, yellows, and oranges.
These sapphires are made into custom-designed jewelry around Montana’s Yellowstone Country. There are several fantastic jewelry designers and stores in our quaint towns. Montana attracts artists of all types, and the jewelry found here is one of a kind. We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite jewelry stores and designers, but you’ll find treasures in galleries and boutiques across the region.
Have fun adorning!
Alara Jewelry, Bozeman
Not your traditional jewelry store, Alara carries one-of-a-kind pieces from earth-conscious designers worldwide. This glamorous, playful, fun-filled jewelry studio offers custom design, repair, appraisals, gem cutting, and antique reproductions.
Ari-O Jewelry, Big Sky
Jeweler Ariane Coleman works with gemstones and other beads in her working jewelry design studio in Big Sky. Watch as she creates unique, small-batch, artisan jewelry with Montana’s beautiful mountains in the backdrop.
Belle Cose, Big Sky
This home and lifestyle boutique features eighteen fine jewelry designers for a wide selection. This quaint store also has locations in Jackson Hole, Vero Beach, Florida, and Carmel, California.
Dawn Josephine, Livingston
We’ve heard a rumor of a new store in Livingston, but you can buy Dawn Josephine jewelry anytime online. Designs feature handmade jewelry using vintage postmarks worldwide, plus fun, clever designs for men and women.
Gem Gallery, Bozeman
With a large selection of Montana Yogo Sapphires, and Fancy Montana Sapphires, the goldsmiths at Gem Gallery turn out beautiful designs, or they can work with you to bring your artistic vision to life.
Miller’s Jewelry, Bozeman
Since 1882, this family-owned business has been a cornerstone in the Bozeman community. They feature a large selection of Montana Yogo Sapphires and the most extensive selection of engagement and wedding rings, loose stones, and estate jewelry. Custom design available.
Montana Silversmith’s, Columbus, and Bozeman
Montana Silversmiths have produced western silver artistry for fifty years, featuring belt buckles, jewelry, and other accessories. They’re the official buckle maker for the National Finals Rodeo, each year creating a beautiful new design. Custom and personalized orders are available. Please stop by their factory outlet in Columbus or their beautiful showroom in Bozeman.
Red Lodge Jewelers
True to the western heritage, you’ll find silver and gold pieces with a western flair. Plus, Navajo styles by Lyle Secatero. A Stuller dealership, one of the largest jewelry suppliers in the world, you’ll find a diverse selection of pieces for any occasion.
River Dragon Designs, West Yellowstone
These artisan metalwork and jewelry designs have a decidedly western look and feel. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and other accessories. Just outside of Yellowstone National Park!
Shelly Bermont Fine Jewelry, Big Sky
Your go-to designer for all things pearl. Custom pearl designs and commissions, diamonds, and precious metals are available. Styles range from casual pieces knotted on unique shades of leather to classic strands.
Tom’s Jewelers, Livingston
This family-owned and operated jewelry store carries a wide array of fine jewelry, timepieces, and custom fabrication and jewelry repair. You won’t find them online, but their quaint shop in Livingston is well worth a stop.