The star sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September and is one of the zodiac signs for Taurus. Sapphire gets its name from the Latin word ‘saphirus’ and the Greek word ‘sapheiros’ which both mean blue. Rulers of ancient Persia believed the sky was painted blue by the reflection of sapphire stones.
They are found dominantly in Sri Lanka but fine blue star sapphires have come from Burma and Kashmir. Black star sapphires have been found in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and India. The most famous blue star sapphire was found around 300 years ago and is kept in the American museum of natural history in New York city.
It has a rating of 9 on the Moh’s scale and is the second hardest with only diamonds topping it with a 10. They range in colour from various tones of blue, pink, orange, yellow, green, lavender, grey and black. The most covetable colour is a vivid, intense blue.
In ancient times the stone was looked upon as a lucky piece, guiding travellers and seekers of all kinds. It was regarded to be so powerful that it would continue to protect the wearer even after it had been passed on to another person.
Star sapphire is a rare variety of sapphire which, under certain lighting, displays a rare asterism. When viewing it, a six rayed star will appear to float across the surface of the stone. Typically they are cut in a cabouchon style with high domes to maximise the star effects.
The star sapphire is said to connect with the angels of faith, hope and destiny. It supposedly draws you into its depths and thus centres your thoughts bringing you clarity and understanding.
To clean this gemstone it is best to use warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Avoid wearing this stone when using cleaning products. Always remove before undertaking exercise and keep them stored away from other gemstones to avoid scratching them.