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Are star sapphires rare? what's corundrum?
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Could someone tell me about star sapphires...Are they rare now? How does corundrum work? Do the stones vary in their tint and thus value? Is there a grading scale for a sapphire and are they also weighed in carats?

The star is so unique, twinkling in the sun. I have a pendant that's a simple white gold that leaves all the attention on the sapphire.

My grandmother's friend (nurse in WWII) brought the stone (a ruby too) back from Sri Lanka as a gift. She never wore either, and we found them in her closet wrapped in a little felt bag. I like the pendant because it feels more secure and closer to my heart :~)

ideal pendant setting: white diamonds, maybe micro pave to add subtle brilliance to this unique sapphire. nice with fair skin, bluish-green eyes.

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It should arrive sometime in next week or so. It is being set in white gold with diamonds on either side. I'll post pictures. I love the ruby stars best.


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Re: Are star sapphires rare? what's corundrum?
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Could someone tell me about star sapphires...Are they rare now? How does corundrum work? Do the stones vary in their tint and thus value? Is there a grading scale for a sapphire and are they also weighed in carats?


Hi Kathryn,

Well they are not so rare , They are quire common but there are some star Sapphire which are rare like the 12 ray star sapphires.

The stars appear due to rutiles , the light goes into the stone and due to the cabachone cut the light reflects back to the surface as lines.

There is no set grading scale for star sapphires but Look for sharp silver rays and the star should move through out the face of the Stone.

Yes , its measured in carats

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Re: Slightly blue gray star sapphire
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It should be noted there are a LOT of doctored photos of 12-ray star corundum on Ebay.

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Re: Are star sapphires rare? what's corundrum?
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Star Gems have often been worn as good-luck charms.
Three cross-bars of the star were thought to represent faith, hope and destiny.Supposedly, star sapphires were so powerful at warding off bad omens that they would exercise their good influence over their first owners even after passing into others hands.Even today, star stones are worn for good luck, and they are still available.

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Re: Are star sapphires rare? what's corundrum?
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You may find this article interesting: "Star sapphire & ruby online"

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Re: Are star sapphires rare? what's corundrum?
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You may find this article interesting: "Star sapphire & ruby online"

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