DescriptionBLUE - VIOLET STAR SAPPHIRE
This beautiful stone with a soft blue-mauve color is an asteriated Sapphire from Ceylon, polished into a lovely domed cabochon. With regard to its 'star', occasionally sapphires are found that exhibit asterism: a phenomenon caused by needle-like inclusions of Rutile (titanium dioxide). These inclusions are arranged parallel to the hexagonal crystal structure of the Sapphire, leading to the six-rayed 'star' that seems to float within the stone. The present example shows good strong asterism and pleasing color. It measures approximately 1/2 x 3/8 x 5/16 inches (1.25 x .95 x .8 cm) and weighs: 10.76 cts.
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