1939 we have specialized in the finest natural untreated sapphires.
unique inventory sets us apart from other gem and jewelry dealers.
sapphires are untreated, meaning they are not color diffused,
irradiated, oiled, glass filled, or heated to extreme temperatures.Our
sapphires are rare, valuable, and we guarantee it.
We are a start-to-finish company!
begin from the ground up; purchasing the rough and semi-polished
sapphire crystals directly from the gem mines. We then cut, polish, and
certify all of our sapphires in-house. We pride ourselves on being
stone cutters and artisans.
Our certified staff
gemologists analyze and guarantee each sapphire. All
of our sapphires
are accompanied by laboratory documentation per
staff is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and experienced.
dedicated team of designers, CAD specialists, jewelers and setters
manufacture all of our fine jewelry on premises.
We hope you enjoy the rarity, beauty, and quality we present in our
For complete information and education on sapphires, please view our
Sapphire Education section.
Our founding president, Walter S. Arnstein, began
importing sapphires into the United States in 1939.
Arnstein prospected for gold, silver and copper in New Mexico, Colorado
and Montana before returning to New York
where he raised a family.
Samuel’s son, Walter, became our founding president and continued the
family trade of mining and selling gold and precious gemstones.
and gold mining was a popular family business venture in the New World,
and Walter Arnstein developed an early interest in investing in
gemstones and mining.
Below are images of the actual bonds and shares Walter purchased.
In the early 1900’s, diamond engagement
rings became popular in the US with
the emergence of the immigrant
middle class. However, many people
still could not afford the high price of a
diamond and looked for
gemstones. This created a burgeoning
market for diamond
White quartz and other colorless
gemstones could not be
engagement rings as they were too
soft and brittle to survive
wear. White sapphires however, were
extremely durable and
best alternative to a diamond. Walter
the potential in
white sapphires and specialized in
this unique market.
Walter knew a thing or two about
mining, gemstones and
family roots in gem cutting and mining
go back to Germany in
mid-1800’s. Walter’s parents arrived
in New York in the late 1870’s
soon went out west to prospect.
Samuel Arnstein, Walter’s father,
settled in Leadville, Colorado during a
mining boom in 1880.
Samuel Arnstein shown in the Leadville,
Colorado census of 1880
The actual altimeter Samuel Arnstein used in the 1880’s
while prospecting in New Mexico, Colorado and Montana
gemstone trade proved to be a lucrative business prospect. There was
little competition at the time and the jewelry trade in the America was
Walter Arnstein narrowed the company’s focus to buying
and selling sapphires and other precious gemstones.
Pictured below are some of the company’s first advertisements and sales
material promoting sapphires and other popular gemstones.
Early stock certificates
US Patent Testing application from 1953
for a brand marketing campaign for
the latter half of the 20th
century, white sapphires were
stone for an engagement ring.
applied for and obtained
patents on marketing white
sapphires under various trade
zirconias eventually took
over the white sapphire market
in the 1970’s
scientists discovered how to
synthetically create them.
white sapphires have seen a
resurgence in popularity in the
few years and continue to
own a fair share of the
the business was a family affair and
Walter’s wife, Janette, worked
side by side with Walter
for over 50 years. She assisted with
and was a meticulous bookkeeper.
Early ledger of sales
and Michael Arnstein
Arnstein, Walter’s son, joined the company in the early 1970’s and
continued the family tradition of working with natural sapphires.
also specialized in natural blue lapis lazuli which was extremely
popular during the 70’s and 80’s (see article at right).
Seymour Arnstein expertly guided the firm through the many boom and bust years of the 1980’s and 90’s.
Seymour Arnstein’s featured
article from a trade publication
stock markets have fluctuated, the value of our sapphires has always
endured. We continued to expand our
business as the demand for natural
untreated sapphires grew during the
past 20 years.
Arnstein, our 3rd generation
president, began working at the
the mid 1990’s and was
the driving force behind creating our
Now, after 70 years in business, we
continue to lead the industry. We are a
team of gemologists, designers,
CAD engineers and craftsmen,
dedicated to preserving the
roots and offering the best selection of
rare and beautiful
At the Natural Sapphire Company we specialize in providing our customers with
the finest quality natural sapphires. Our sapphires are not synthetic, heated to
extreme temperatures, diffused, irradiated,
glass filled or oiled. Our natural untreated sapphires offer true beauty, rarity
and superior value compared to treated sapphires. We offer a vast selection of blue sapphires , pink
, yellow sapphires ,
white sapphires and other
unique colors of natural sapphires. All of our sapphires are cut on our
premises and are available loose or mounted in a custom setting. Our jewelry and
gemological specialists will
work with you from start to finish to create your custom sapphire jewelry. We
invite you to view our full selection of sapphires, blue sapphire rings and
custom sapphire jewelry and discover what makes the
Natural Sapphire Company the world's greatest collection of natural sapphires.
Why Natural Sapphires?