Hot or Not – Volume 11

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Curious Things

Have you ever heard of asterism?  This term refers to a star-shaped concentration of light reflected or refracted from a gemstone.  It appears when a stone is cut into a cabochon (shaped and polished, but not faceted).  When a gem exhibits this phenomena, it is called a star + the gem (i.e. star sapphire, star ruby or even star spinel). 

Star sapphires are the most well-known.  The sheer popularity of this unique sapphire inspired the Linde Air Products Company of New York to create a synthetic version marketed as the Linde Star Sapphire (or Lindy).  Invented in 1946, Lindy stars are still one of our most requested items.  In normal light, the Lindy star showcases a perfect six-pointed star.  

And while I can admit that Lindy stars have a charm of their own, there is nothing like the beauty of a natural star sapphire.  This impressive gemstone ring is a perfect example.  The phenomena is visible normally, but when a pinpoint of light is held on the stone, the star shines.  Moving the light causes the star to dance across the surface of the sapphire.  It’s a truly beautiful sight to behold.  

In size alone, this ring is impressive…  a true knuckle-duster.  Set in 14-karat white gold and held in place by four prongs, this enormous star sapphire weighs approximately 16.00 carats.  To showcase the color of the gem, it has been encapsulated by a halo of faceted blue sapphires and white diamonds.  There are ten round brilliant diamonds with a combined weight of 1.25 carats and ten sapphires with a total weight of 1.00 carat.  

Shown in profile, it’s easy to appreciate the sheer size of the stone.  The ring rises nearly three-quarters of an inch off the hand.  Made in the 1960’s, this ring is in excellent condition.  Surprisingly, I find it to be quite wearable.  Often, customers dismiss these physically large rings for a multitude of reasons…

  • It’s too big.
  • Where would I wear it?  We don’t go anywhere.
  • It’s ostentatious – I could never wear that!
  • It’s too expensive.
  • It doesn’t look nice on me.  

Let me address your concerns… Can a gemstone ring EVER be too big?  Answer – No!  You can wear it absolutely anywhere, even from the kitchen to the family room.  If you wear it, you won’t think it’s ostentatious for long.  Priced at just $4,950.00 – we can find a way to make it affordable (that’s my job, not yours).  This ring looks great on everyone!  

Curiosity has gotten the best of me, and I have to ask…  what do you think of this beauty?  Is it hot?  Or not?

“You can go to a museum and look or come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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