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In my second post of goodies from Tucson, I'll share some amazing sapphires (all ethically sourced, of course)...
A few have been used already in some new designs, but most are still available.
Feel free to email me for more information!
unheated montana sapphire
 These 4.8mm Montana sapphires are especially rare because they are totally untreated.
(Most sapphires are heat treated to bring out more colors.)
Stone ID #s 16001-16003
green australian sapphire
 These 5mm Australian sapphires have some lovely flashes of green.
Stone ID #s 16004-16006
australian sapphire
 Another 5mm Australian sapphire with a nice blue-green hue.
Stone ID # 16007
fair trade yellow sapphire
 Some 5mm yellow sapphires from Malawi.
Stone ID #s 16008-16009
fair trade australian sapphires
 Some 5mm yellow sapphires from Australia.
Stone ID #s 16010-16013
portugese cut sapphire
 A 6mm Portugese cut sapphire from Malawi.
Stone ID # 16014
zoned sapphire
 A 6mm Portugese cut sapphire from Malawi.
Stone ID # 16018
 
fair trade green sapphire
 A 6mm Portugese cut green sapphire from Malawi.
Stone ID # 16019
 
fair trade sapphire
 A 6mm Portugese cut sapphire from Malawi.
Stone ID # 16020
 
malawi blue sapphire
  A 6.25mm Portugese cut sapphire from Malawi.
Stone ID # 16021
 
montana sapphire
   A 6.75mm Portugese cut sapphire from Montana.
Stone ID # 16022
 
trillion sapphire
  A 6.5mm trillion cut sapphire from Malawi.
Stone ID # 16023
 
ethical montana sapphires
 5.5mm and 6.0mm sapphires from Montana
Stone ID #s 16024-16027
ethical purple sapphire
   A 5.1mm purple sapphire from Sri Lanka.
Stone ID # 16028
 
ethical sapphire
A 5.2mm teal sapphire from Madagascar.
Stone ID # 16029
ethical green sapphire
A 5.3mm green sapphire from Madagascar.
Stone ID # 16030
periwinkle blue sapphire
 A 5.5mm periwinkle blue sapphire from Sri Lanka.
Stone ID # 16031
 
fair trade blue sapphire
 A 5.5mm periwinkle blue sapphire from Sri Lanka.
Stone ID # 16032
 
fair trade purple sapphire
 A 5.5mm purple sapphire from Sri Lanka.
Stone ID # 16033
 
conflict free sapphire
  A 5.75mm purple sapphire from Sri Lanka.
Stone ID # 16034
 
square sapphire fair trade
  A 6mm periwinkle blue sapphire from Sri Lanka.
Stone ID # 16035
 
rose cut sapphire
A rose cut sapphire.
 
sapphire slices
Sapphire slices.
 

It's been ages since I've posted any recipes here, and I don't know if anyone still reading has any interest in vegan cooking, but this one is too good (and easy) not to share. It is absolutely the simplest, quickest, most foolproof tofu recipe ever.

All you need is around 20 oz. firm or extra firm tofu, 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce, and 1/2 cup of peanut butter. That's it! (It sounds like a weird combination, I know, but trust me.)

Cube the tofu and brown it however you like (I used a bit of olive oil). Soften the peanut butter a bit in the microwave or on the stovetop, and whisk in the barbecue sauce. Pour the sauce over the hot, browned tofu, and serve with rice or quinoa and a veggie if you like.

You can control the spice level with your choice of barbecue sauce.

This serves 3-4 people.

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