Are you thinking about creating a piece of custom jewelry? Have you been questioning which gem to select? Read here to learn about the ideal choice for your creation : the rare and dear gem called the star ruby. These inspiring gems display a sharpened six-rayed star which seems to glide and glisten magically across the surface layer of the gem when the gem is moved. This is due to an optical illusion known as “Asterism”. The star is best perceivable when the ruby is seen in a single source of illumination like light or a direct spotlight.
Star-effect, or “asterism,” is because of the density of little fibers called rutile. The stars spring from the light reflecting from needle-like inclusions of rutile aligned vertical to the rays of the star. Since rutile is constantly present in star rubies, they are never totally clear. The star ruby is one of the few precious stones which need inclusions, or imperfections, so as to reach their valuable status.
Star rubies are uncommonly rare. Worldwide production today is yielding a minute amount of fine stars, particularly in sizes above five carats. Today, out of each a hundred coarse rubies mined, only three will have stars plain after being cut into cabochons. Out of these three, one will have a poor colour but a good star, one will have a poor star but a good colour and only one out of hundred will have both a good star and a good colour! Most original sources of star rubies like Mogok, Burma have completely run right out of supplies.
Beyond the rarity and beauty of these gems, star rubies are thought to hold mystical powers. The healing powers of gems have been debated since traditional times by healers, shamans and medication men. Historically, star rubies were worn by knights in the battlefields to guard themselves from danger. Folklore from Karnataka, India says that if a warrior wears a star ruby as a pendant or headband, then his enemy loses half his bravado! The power of the star ruby is purported to be the highest during full moon. Legend has it that the star ruby is to ignite internal strength, ward off tensions, quiet the mind, and drive away stress related issues like headache, sleeping problems, and hysteria.
Gorgeous in colour, high quality, and rare to find, the star ruby is the ideal choice for your piece of custom handmade jewelry. Give her a present that will twinkle as brightly as her eyes. Go to your local jeweller today and ask about the unequalled star ruby.