Star Sapphire

Sri Lanka
Gems, 1.25 ct, 6.08 mm x 5.31 mm
Start Time: 04/28/2011 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/05/2011 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Sapphires come in virtually every color of the rainbow and there are more to Sapphires than simply faceted stones. The most commonly known variety of "Star" gems are Star Sapphires. This phenomenon known as "asterism" occurs when Sapphires are polished into cabochons and oriented in a manner that reflects tiny silk-like inclusions that are trapped inside the Sapphire. The inclusions bend light entering the Sapphire and create the star-like pattern. A six-rayed white star appears in bright lighting and the quality is judged by sharpness of star, symmetry of the rays, and the body color. This gem has sharp "legs" and is best seen with a strong light to show off the "star". The color of this gem is a pale blue-grey hue. A great representative stone of this well known material.

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