What Is A STAR Sapphire? | Gem Asterism
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What Is A STAR Sapphire? | Gem Asterism


(bright music) – This is Jill Maurer
with “Your Jewelry Minute” and today I’m answering the question, what is a star sapphire? A star sapphire, this occurs sometimes when we cut a sapphire into a cabochon. This is where it’s flat on the bottom and just polished on the
top so there aren’t facets. And, sometimes, a sapphire
will exhibit an asterism, which we call a star and it
looks like a star of light in the sapphire. And when you move the sapphire, the star will follow the light. Sapphires have even been known to display a double
asterism or a double star. It’s a very interesting look. Two of the most famous star sapphires ever came out of Sri Lanka. One is the Star of India;
it came in at 563 carats; and there was also the Star of Bombay, which was owned by the silent
movie star, Mary Pickford. This has been “Your Jewelry Minute.” If you have a jewelry question for me, just ask me in the comments below. Until next time. (bright music)

12 Comments

  • AMANDA DOTY

    I have my late grandads star sapphire ring that my dad purchased in Asia in the early 60s. It’s a fascinating, underrated stone imo.

  • Ann Mark

    I’ve always wanted a Star Sapphire to add to my collection. They seem to go in and out of fashion. A lovely pinkie ring would be perfect.

  • Donna

    I remember back in the 70’s when every girl wanted a star sapphire piece 😊
    You’ve reminded me to look for mine and wear it again. Thx

  • CraftyPaws

    My mom has a purple cabochon stone from the 60s. It's so pretty, but I'm a blue girl so I wish it was sapphire like the ones you showed. So pretty! TFS

  • Eva Flores

    I love learning about Sapphire’s. It’s my birth stone. I’m going to look for your September video from last year. Thanks again Jill.

  • Marcia Morris

    Thanks for explaining what these actually are. I’ve never really thought they were that pretty but have come to appreciate them a bit more in the last few years . Blessings and Peace 🙏🏻

  • Life of MC

    Star Sapphire is an attractive gemstone for me. Thank you for another interesting video on jewelry! Much love ❤❤❤

  • KONGNO2000

    aside form the information you proveded us you also have a lovely voice and personality, thanks for sharing you videos to us

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