Natural star ruby and sapphire stones meaning and price, traditionally use in jewelry as rings, earrings, necklaces and pendants. The value depends on color, clarity, weight, and the quality of the star.
Star ruby stone
Some rubies stone show a three-point or six rays asterism or star. These rubies are cut into cabochons to display the effect properly. Asterisms are best visible with a single-light source. And move across the stone as the light moves or the stone turns. These effects occur when light is reflected on the silk.
That forms the crystal structure of the stone. The structurally oriented needles inclusions, in a certain way. This is one example where inclusions increase the value of a gemstone. Furthermore, rubies can show color changes though this occurs very rarely. As well as chatoyancy or the cat’s eye effect.
A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone. A variety of the mineral corundum (aluminum oxide). Other varieties of gem colors corundum are sapphires. Ruby is one of the traditional cardinal gems. Together with amethyst, also sapphire, emerald, and diamond. The word ruby comes from ruber, Latin for red. The color of a ruby is due to the chromium element.
Star ruby price
The quality of a ruby depends on its color. Also from cut, and clarity. Which, along with carat weight, affect its value. The brightest and most valuable shade of red called blood-red or pigeon blood, commands a large premium over other rubies of similar quality. After color follows clarity: similar to diamonds.
A clear stone will command a premium. A star ruby ring without any needle-like inclusions is a sign that the stone has probably been treated or synthetic. Ruby is the traditional birthstone for July. And it is usually more pink than garnet. Although some rhodolite garnets have a similar pinkish hue to most rubies.
Star or asterism phenomena
Gem cutters often choose to cut cabochon shapes, when stones are low quality. In such gems and stones when the light falls on the cabochon surface and makes star‐like rays. The phenomena is star or also asterism. There are and 6 rays stars observed normally. This happens when the orientation of the needle like inclusions or silk within the crystal is on more than one axis.
Star rubies untreated from Myanmar (Burma)
Star ruby meaning and healing properties benefits
The following section is pseudo scientific and based on cultural beliefs.
Star ruby has a meaning and properties of giving the owner richness.
It has been handled as jewelry for a long time and many powerful people were fond of it. This gemstone’s energy is so powerful that it is called the king of jewelry.
People have believed that they can overcome any kinds of adversity. It has been told that if Star ruby can make the full use of its power, it may be able to change everything in the world.
DeLong Star Ruby
The DeLong Star Ruby, a 100.32 carat oval cabochon star ruby. It was discovered in Myanmar in the 1930s. It was sold by Martin Ehrmann to Edith Haggin DeLong for US$21,400, who then donated it to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in 1937.
On October 29, 1964, the DeLong star ruby was one of a number of precious gems stolen in a notorious jewelry heist by Jack Roland Murphy and two accomplices. In January 1965, nine of the stolen gems, including the Star of India and the Midnight Star, were recovered in a bus depot locker.
However, the DeLong ruby was not among them. After months of negotiation, the unknown holder of the ruby agreed, through third parties including Dick Pearson, to ransom it for $25,000. The ransom was paid by wealthy Florida businessman John D. MacArthur and he was present on September 2, 1965, when the ruby was recovered at the designated drop off site: a phone booth at a service plaza on the Sunshine State Parkway near Palm Beach, Florida.
Months later Dick Pearson was arrested burglarizing a jewelry store in Georgia and was found in possession of $100 bills with serial numbers matching the ransom money. He was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for his involvement in the DeLong Star ruby case.
Are star rubies valuable?
Star rubies are the rarest rubies. They are among the most valuable types of colored gemstones available in the world. Star ruby is rarer and the price can be more valuable than diamonds of comparable size.
How are star rubies formed?
Rubies are made up of the mineral corundum. A ruby is form when there is a small impurity of chromium in the corundum. Chromium makes the red color of the stone. The star follows the crystal structure of the stone, which is hexagonal if you look the crystal cut parallel to the main axis.
The hexagonal structure is made with 3 directions of parallel lines. When the stone is cut as a cabochon, those 3 paralleled lines make a visible 3 lines or 6 ray stars. By a magnifying glass effect created by transparency of the cabochon’s dome.
Who can wear star ruby rings?
Creative people who are in search of fame and popularity should wear this stone. The usage of this stone is highly recommended for those who constantly suffer from bad health. This gemstone is also necessary for actors, goldsmiths, artists, government officials, stockbrokers, dealers of cotton and cotton products.
What color star ruby is most valuable?
Color is the most significant factor affecting a star ruby’s price. The finest ruby has a pure, vibrant red to slightly purplish red color. In most markets, pure red colors command the highest prices and ruby with overtones of orange and purple are less valued.
How can you tell if a star ruby is real?
The natural star typically will have an uneven bottom. It may even have chunks of stone that appear to be missing. Or some dark spots also appears on the lower portion of the stone. Read our article about synthetic star ruby.
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