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Gem Stories – December – Star Sapphire

Lyle Sopel -

Dear Collector Friend,


The Star Sapphire resembles something truly magical, a gemstone so stunning that it could be mistaken as something from a parallel universe. This gorgeous piece of earth can be found mostly in Sri lanka also known as the ‘Jewel Box of the Indian Ocean’ but, can also be found in other areas of India, Burma and lightly scattered across the rest of the globe. It is the birthstone of the Indian Summer month of September.

Star Sapphires vary in value according to their intensity, attractiveness of body, color and the degree of sharpness of the star. Blue star sapphires – in most cases appear opaque, however, when it is placed under a light this spectacular gemstone will display a six-pointed star and at times 12 points.

Star Sapphires are created when Corundum is inter-grown with fibrous inclusions of Rutile or “silk,” that reflects light in stones cut ‘en cabochon’ as a six-rayed or twelve-rayed star that appears to dance across the face of the gem as it is moved around. The optical sensation responsible for star sapphire’s shimmering rays is called ‘asterism’ , this comes from the Latin word ‘astrum’, meaning ‘star.’ Asterism is produced by tiny needle like inclusions of the mineral rutile.

The largest blue star sapphire known to date was found in a Sri Lankan mine not too long ago, weighing in at a colossal 1,404 carats. The one who owns it prefers that their identity remains unknown. This extraordinary sapphire has been  valued at over $300 million. Reports have determined that the sapphire was found in Ratnapura nearby Sri Lanka in the autumn of 2015 and just recently surfaced in the international community. The buyer who wishes to remain anonymous named the gem ‘The Star of Adam’  after an old Muslim belief that Adam went to Sri Lanka after he was cast away from the Garden of Eden.

The unearthing of this massive stone could not have been located at a better time. There has been a recent increase in demand of the Blue Star Sapphire worldwide compared to the demand of diamond engagement rings over the past couple of years.

This contemporary demand is largely due to Kate Middleton’s opulent engagement ring, originally given to Princess Diana. The 12-carat oval Ceylon blue sapphire has enkindled the demand for sapphires across North America, Europe and beyond.

The Star Sapphire dates back thousands of years. According to the old legend, Helen of Troy owned a large star sapphire, which was deemed to hold the key to her desirability.  According to Apollodorus, she had at least thirty suitors striving for her hand.  And although she married King Menelaus of Sparta, she was abducted by Paris, a devilish act that led to the Trojan War. It could be that the beauty that “launched a thousand ships” could possibly accredit it all to the magnetism and temptation of the Blue Star Sapphires.

There is much more to this stone than sheer beauty – its powers include deep spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. The Sapphire is believed to offer healing properties for rheumatism, colic, and mental illness to name a few. It is also considered an antidepressant and an aid to psychokinesis, telepathy, clairvoyance and astral projection.

It is no wonder a stone of this unreal beauty and power has captured the hearts of royalty for thousands of years and is catching on quickly as the new age engagement ring of the 21st century.

Art, Nature, and Beauty Always,


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