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Hand crafted Sterling Silver Cougar ring set with a natural untreated silver-gray light blue star sapphire. The star sapphire measures 9.09mm x 7.52mm x 4.12mm thick, and weighs 2.89 carats. The design of the hand crafted sterling silver ring features a cougar Mountain Lion (or panther, or tiger) on tree roots and branches. The ring weighs about 8.8 grams. The ring shank at the thinnest place in the back measures about 3.8mm wide x 1.2mm thick. The sterling silver I use is all newly refined recycled sterling silver. The star is of medium strength, and floats around nicely in the stone. There are a few small surface pits and minor fissures.

The star in star sapphire shows up best when viewed under a single point light source such as natural sunlight or a spotlight, but the silver detail and true color of the stone show up best with the diffused photo-flood lights. The first picture to the left was shot using a halogen spot light to show the star. The last 4 pictures were shot under diffused photo-flood lights.

To truly appreciate the quality of a star stone, you need to see it move in the light. I have a video of this ring with a sapphire similar to the one I will use in your ring. This video was shot under the halogen spotlight, and have it on YouTube for you to view at:

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

The ring is size 11 1/2. I can size this ring as small as size 9 or as large as size 12. If you need a larger or smaller size I would need to make another ring with a similar star sapphire; write me for details.

PROPER FINGER SIZING: There is no way to accurately guess or estimate the finger size you need for a ring to fit properly. The only way to obtain an accurate measurement is to use the METAL finger gauges used by jewelers. Go to a store that sells rings, and get the finger measured. They will be happy to do this for you. Finger size is totally unrelated to body size or shoe size. Using string or ribbon to measure the finger is not accurate. Printing a paper off the internet and wrapping it around your finger may work if you plan to wear a piece of paper on your finger; but if you plan to wear a silver or gold ring, it won't work. Again, the only reliably accurate way is to use metal finger gauges graduated in 1/2 sizes, until you find the one that fits best. Also keep in mind that fingers are smaller when it is very cold, and larger when it is hot and humid. Receiving a new ring that is too large or small is quite disappointing. You will be far happier if you take the time to obtain an accurate size before ordering.

If you like the cougar design, but would prefer a different gem, I can probably make one for you. I have more of these listed in my Etsy shop with different stones, and I have thousands of gems to choose from. Please contact me with your wants and needs.

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.

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.

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Star Sapphire Cougar Ring, Natural Silver-Gray Light Blue, Hand Crafted Recycled Sterling Silver