Star sapphires, also known as Linde (pronounced “lyn-dee”) sapphires, are especially brilliant gemstones. Sapphires and rubies are the same type of gem—the only real difference is in their color—and both can naturally occur with a six-pointed star in the center of the gem.
Sapphires are almost as tough as diamonds (scale 9 as compared to diamonds’ scale 10) and can therefore be cared for in a similar manner.
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Although sapphires are durable gemstones, always remove them before strenuous activity or before contact with harsh chemicals. Be sure to store the star sapphire in a safe place.
The best method of cleaning a star sapphire is washing it in soapy warm water. Pat dry with a cotton towel to avoid scratches. Always clean your star sapphire over a bowl, not in the sink over a drain, where it could get lost. Never use mechanical methods to clean a star sapphire.
If you need deep cleaning, allow the sapphire to soak in warm soapy water for approximately 10 minutes. Use a makeup brush to remove any excess dirt after the soaking process is complete.
To retain their brilliance, store star sapphires in a cloth-lined closed jewelry box when not in use. Keep away from other gemstones to prevent damage to your jewelry. (The star sapphire may scratch the other stones).
Star sapphires are appropriate gifts for both men and women.