A Star is born

Massive vintage ring with star sapphire & diamonds in white gold, around 2000

Asterism is one of the most fascinating phenomena that gemstones can come up with. Due to a certain structure in their interior, star-shaped rays appear on the surface in certain light situations. This is also the case with the stone in the centre of the volrie ring: if you hold it just right, a six-pointed star appears that wanders across the surface of the cabochon as if across a milky evening sky. It is a light blue sapphire, set here in solid white gold. With the exception of the red ruby, all coloured and colourless variations of the mineral corundum are classified as sapphires. Due to the inclusion of the mineral rutile, certain sapphires exhibit asterism - and thus become particularly sought-after gemstones. The effect, subtle as it is, is difficult to capture and does not occur in every incidence of light - instead, the stone seems to shine like a pearl or moonstone, as is the case with our specimen. The special gemstone is effectively presented on an elegant, mirror-smooth polished ring rail. At the shoulders, two trapezoidal cut diamonds accompany the large center stone. This beautiful piece was created in the years around 2000 and is in very good condition. An exceptional piece of jewellery with star appeal!

The sapphire is a truly royal stone. Even more frequently than the ruby, it adorns the crowns of the monarchies of Europe: the English state crown sparkles in the light of 18 beautiful stones, and that of the Bohemian king Wenceslas has just as many. And yet it shares many properties with the ruby, because for the mineralogist both stones belong to the group of corundum. The most famous sapphires in the world come from Kashmir, where today only a few sapphires are mined. Kashmir sapphires show a powerful cornflower blue and have a so-called "sleepy", slightly milky character. Sapphires from other sites show different shades of blue: stones from Mianmar, which can also reach the highest qualities, tend more towards an ultramarine. Sapphires from Sri Lanka tend to shine in a lighter, sky-blue tone. Sapphires from both locations tend to show stronger inclusions. It should not be forgotten, however, that sapphires can be more than just blue! Because like the ruby, the sapphire belongs to the corundum group. Since in mineralogy all corundums are called sapphires with the exception of the red ruby, yellow, green and orange sapphires are encountered in addition to the blue varieties. These stones, if they have an outstanding color quality and are free of inclusions, also fetch high prices in the trade. The pink to orange variety of sapphire is particularly sought after: these stones come exclusively from Sri Lanka and are known as Padparadscha. Today, however, stones from other regions are often technically treated to change their color and then sold as Padparadscha. In popular belief, the sapphire is considered the stone of truth, loyalty, wisdom and reason. Accordingly, the Doge of Venice wore such a mild blue stone as a sign of his fidelity and marriage to the sea, set in gold. And Queen Elizabeth I of England also believed that her sapphire could protect her against slander and cunning.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.