Star sapphires

The DeLaneau Grace Stars jewellery watch is set with 118 star sapphires and rubies, and 276 diamonds.

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By Rachael Taylor

Gaze into the deep blue – or perhaps lilac or grey – of a star sapphire cabochon and you’ll be greeted with an optical phenomenon known as asterism. When the light hits the stone, a crisp criss-cross of white dances across the smooth surface, creating a naturally occurring star of light.

As with all gemstones, there are key factors that make the difference between one you can pick up in a hobbyists’ shop and the crème de la crème that sell for thousands. For star sapphires, it is the colour – dark, rich blues command the highest prices – and also the visibility of the star, which should be bright, clear and centrally aligned. …read all at thejewelleryeditor.com

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The DeLaneau Grace Stars jewellery watch is set with 118 star sapphires and rubies, and 276 diamonds. …see all at thejewelleryeditor.com

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