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My Stone Protectors are little mythological creatures that I first created back in the mid 1970's, and still use today in some of my jewelry designs. They kind of look like little bug-eyed salamanders without legs. You can see them better when you click on the pictures to enlarge them. They are magical little creatures who's power is to protect the stones they guard, and keep them from harm or loss. Tolkien never described them in his books, but in my mind's eye they are indigenous to Middle Earth. \

This hand crafted sterling silver ring will be set with a natural blue star sapphire. The sapphire will be about 6mm x 4mm, and weigh around .70 carats. The design features my little "Stone Protectors" on either side. The ring measures about 6.2mm across, and the shank measures about 2mm wide and 1.1mm thick at the thinnest spot in the back. The ring weighs about 1.8 grams, and is stamped Ster inside. The sterling silver I use is all newly refined recycled sterling silver. The sapphire is deep blue, and has been diffusion treated as described below to improve the color and star.

The star in this stone will be excellent; about as strong and sharp as star sapphire gets. A star sapphire's star is best seen when you look at it under a single point light source like sunlight or a spotlight. The star does not show up well in diffused light. The first 2 photographs above were shot under a halogen spotlight to show the star. The rest were shot under diffused photo flood lights to give you the best pictures of the ring itself.

To truly appreciate the quality of a star stone, you need to see it move in the light. I have shot a video of this ring under the halogen spotlight, and have it on YouTube for you to view at:

http://youtu.be/kI4yJuBTbA0

To see the video, open a new browser window and past that address in. It will take you straight to the video of this ring.

The ring is a finger size 8 3/4. I can size it up to a 12 or down to a 3 if you request to have it re-sized before it is shipped. If you like my little Stone Protector Critters, but would prefer a different gem stone, I can make one for you. I have thousands of gems to choose from. I also have hundreds more star sapphires and star rubies that I can use in custom pieces for you. Please Convo me to let me know what you would like.

Gemologically Speaking; This is the educational part:

Did you know that Sapphire and Ruby are the same mineral? The mineral is called corundum. Historically, transparent red to red-purple corundum is called ruby, and any other color of transparent gem corundum is called sapphire. Blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, clear, white, gray, black and pink corundum are all called sapphire. More latitude is given to color when describing a stone as star ruby than is given to transparent ruby. Any shade of pink, red, or purple is usually called a star ruby. All other colors are called star sapphires. Star rubys or star sapphires are cut from corundum crystals which have tiny needle like rutile crystal inclusions that are lined up with the hexagonal faces of the corundum crystal. Star ruby and sapphire are always cut as cabochons, not faceted stones. The star which seems to float across the surface of the stone is an optical phenomenon called "asterism". Light is reflected off the tiny parallel rows of rutile crystals at the top of the curved surface of the cabochon. The rutile crystals are arranged in 3 plains, at angles of 120 degrees to each other. This forms 3 lines of light crossing in the middle of the stone, forming a 6 ray star. The star is always best seen in a single point light source like sunlight or a spotlight. It does not show up well under diffused light sources, such a fluorescent lights indoors. You can observe the asterism affect by looking at the side of a spool of thread under a bright single point light source. Notice the line of light running along the center of the spool perpendicular to the threads. This line of light is like one of the 3 lines of light that cross at 120 degree angles and form the star in a star sapphire.

Corundum is crystalline aluminum oxide (Al2O3). The various stone colors come from very small quantities of some other metal in the crystal lattice. In the case of ruby, chromium is the metal that makes it red. Titanium by itself makes sapphire clear, and Iron by itself makes sapphire yellow. Iron and Titanium together make sapphire blue. All the other colors come from mixtures of 2 or 3 of these metals and others in the crystal lattice. Corundum is actually fairly common in low silica igneous and metamorphic rock, but as gray or brown grains, not in translucent gem quality crystals. It takes very special conditions to form transparent gem corundum or star corundum crystals. Corundum is usually formed in metamorphic rocks such as marble, schist, and gneiss. It is very hard, having a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs scale. Common corundum is used as an abrasive, such as in sandpaper. Being hard and heavy, with a specific gravity of 3.95 to 4.1, as large amounts of corundum bearing rocks are eroded and weathered away over time, corundum crystals become concentrated in placer deposits in drainages below the corundum containing rock strata; just like gold nuggets in gold placer deposits. Since gem crystals are few and far between in the rock, it is usually not possible to mine the rock in the mountains to find the crystals, and make a profit. But the corundum crystals become concentrated by gravity in the placer deposits formed below. Thus almost all ruby and sapphire mines in the world are placer mines where miners "pan" through the dirt and sand in stream basins to find the rubies and sapphires. The color of a Star Sapphire can be enhanced by heating it in a furnace with the right metal powders. The metal atoms diffuse into the crystal lattice changing or deepening the color of the stone. The star can be enhanced if there is titanium oxide (rutile) in the metal mix. This also diffuses into the stone and will make the star sharper and stronger. This stone has been diffusion treated as described here.

Metaphysically Speaking:

Sapphires powers are psychism, love, meditation, peace, and healing. Historically sapphire has been associated with alignment with and realization of an individual's destiny. It has been said to promote mental clarity, clear perception, and wisdom because it has the ability to draw out knowledge and wisdom buried deep within the sub-conscious mind. It can assist the wearer in finding and accomplishing their purpose here in life. It is a powerful stone to be used in meditation to increase the flow of wisdom. It has had a position of importance in all historical religions throughout the world, due to this connection with divine wisdom. It is also a stone to facilitate and help all human relationships; love relationships, business, friends, extended family, and everyone else you connect with in your life. As the guardian of love, it attunes the feelings of lovers for each other, and promotes fidelity. It works the same for you in business dealings or any other dealings with people. It just makes the relationship flow and work. Physically it is said to strengthen the eyes, halt fever, and stop nose bleeds. It can aid communication, ameliorate depression, and increase mental clarity, intuition, clairvoyance, and calm. Star Sapphire is thought to be far more powerful in all of these attributes than translucent sapphire. The 3 bars of light that cross to form the star are traditionally thought to represent faith, hope, and charity.

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Mythological Stone Protector Critters ring, Blue Star Sapphire, hand crafted recycled sterling silver

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