Jane and Michael Taylor showcase some of their finest sapphires at Gemfest.
Jane and Michael Taylor showcase some of their finest sapphires at Gemfest. Lindsey Jackson

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MICHAEL and Jane Taylor can still remember exhibiting their sapphires at the first Gemfest 24 years ago and they haven’t missed a festival since.

Miners and cutters of Australian sapphires, the Taylor’s have lived in Sapphire for the past 24 years and opened Taylor’s Fine Sapphires shortly after moving there.

Jane said the couple visited the Gemfields as tourists and never went home.

Since then they have raised three kids in the area and Jane said they “very much enjoy the sapphires”.

“It’s a great place and it’s great coming to Gemfest every year,” she said.

“Gemfest has got a good reputation where it is known for quality and variety.”

The Taylors said all their stones were found in Rubyvale and cut by Jane herself but an exciting inclusion to the showcase this year were a few foreign sapphires.

“We actually have a few on display from Madagascar this year which are in pinks and purples,” Jane said.

Jane said the couple would continue to exhibit sapphires at Gemfest for as long as they were mining the precious stones and living in the area.

“Everything is good here – the people, the entertainment. It’s a great few days.”


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