Star Ruby

Star Ruby


Star Ruby

Arrest your attention with this multilayered variety from the Ruby family, the glorious red Star Ruby. Referred to as the Surya Kant Manik in Hindi, these cabochon-cut gems boast a natural 6 rayed star that shimmers under the sun. Formed by the reflection of light on natural tubes present within, the star seems to glide effortlessly just under the surface of a well-crafted gem, creating the most magnificent fractal radiating star.

Color: Pinkish Red, Purplish Red, Red
Finger: Worn as a ring with the gemstone touching the body
Neck: Worn as a r with the gemstone touching the body
Metal: Yellow golds, rose gold and white golds
Zodiac Sign: Aries and Saggitarius

Believed to be a gemstone that guides, the star ruby, was often worn as a talisman to offer guidance on a journey. Today these gems with their rich reds, beautiful stars and unmatched sizes are symbolic of trust and hope and are often worn to celebrate the 15th and 40th  anniversary.

  • A powerful gem, the star ruby has a striking phenomenon that gives it its aura. A rare occurrence, this accurate optical appearance naturally occurs only in a few gems mined worldwide. 

    • Offers health protection 

    • Believed to continue to protect even if the gem is passed on to someone else

    • Improves one’s confidence and mental determination

These gems with their distinctive stars grab attention as light touches its surface. 6 radiating spokes that create the most beautiful star, the star ruby is one that will have admirers starring.

Cut: In cabochon-cut star rubies, cut is extremely important in determining the position and appearance of the iconic star. Gems cut with higher domes tend to have better and sharper stars. Master cutters also leave the base of these gems unpolished as it allows the star to have a more magnified and precious appearance.

Color: Star rubies are occasionally seen in crimson reds with incredibly high values attached to them, they do however depending on the amount of chromium, they come in pinkish reds or purplish reds and even sometimes purplish browns. With a natural distribution of color that takes on the gemstone's formation pattern, color in the star ruby is seen in stripes or spots. When selecting a star ruby, always choose a saturated color. Rich reds, rich reddish purples, or rich pinkish reds with a nice even color tend to fetch top values.

Clarity: The Star ruby from the corundum family has excellent luster allowing. With a glassy appearance, natural star rubies can be distinguished from synthetic counterparts thanks to their internal features. As with all-natural gemstones, internal features are a given, and with the star ruby, it is precisely because of these internal rutile needles that reflect light creating the most dazzling star. Placed in perfect alignment, when light and a perfectly fashioned gem come in contact with each other, a statement, phenomenal star is reflected. Stars with clean, sharp, and radiating lines tend to demand high values.

Origin: Mined popularly back in the day in Burma, Mogok, those Star Rubies were unmatched in color and quality. Rich reds, with sharp stars and even tones added to their exceptional value. Today most gems are mined in Srilanka, India, Africa, Australia, Thailand and Cambodia. With India being a popular source, these gems are often called Indian Rubies in the trade.

Treatment: Gems mined today come with lighter tones and are often in lower qualities which means most gems on the market today are heated to bring out their attractive colors. It is important to insist on certificates when buying a gemstone to understand the different treatments, if any, the gemstone has gone through.

Mined popularly back in the day in Burma, Mogok, those Star Rubies were unmatched in color and quality. Rich reds, with sharp stars and even tones added to their exceptional value. Today most gems are mined in Srilanka, India, Africa, Australia, Thailand, and Cambodia. With India being a popular source, these gems are often called Indian Rubies in the trade.


Star rubies have become a bold and popular choice in men's jewelry today. The gem's perfect star that seems to glide with a little rock adds a surreal beauty to these phenomenal gems. Part of the corundum family, the star ruby has a hardness of 9 on the Moh’s scale however, its natural formation can cause the gemstone to be quite brittle. It is advised to wear the star ruby with minimal exposure to knocks, bangs, and vibration as it can often damage the gem.

The placement of each star on the star ruby determines the price and value of these phenomenal gemstones. Here are a couple of points justify a high-value star ruby:

  • Stars must be placed at the center of the cabochon cut gem

  • Stars should glide effortlessly over the surface of the gemstone

  • Sharp stars that can be clearly seen without hazy lines

  • High visibility of the star 

Keeping these points in mind, the price of a star ruby can fluctuate anywhere between ………….. To ………….. A carat. Gems with clean, clear, and sharp stars that glide effortlessly under the surface of the gem, fetch the highest values.


Caring for your natural Star Ruby is imperative. Gemstones over time tend to attract dirt and grime and need an occasional bath. 

A safe way to clean your Star Ruby jewelry is:

  • Place gemstone studded jewelry in a bowl of warm soapy water, away from a basin

  • In the bowl scrub the piece lightly with an old, soft-bristled toothbrush

  • In the bowl, rinse with clean water 

  • Wipe dry

Bowl is to catch gemstones that might come out of their setting but can be returned to the jeweler to be reset. 

Star rubies must not be left in the ultrasonic cleaning machine, as these gems can sometimes be brittle and the vibrations of the machine can often damage the gemstone. 

Do not use any harsh chemicals, light hand soap will work

Jewelry pieces set with enamel and Kundan work should never be washed or put into an ultrasonic machine.

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    How can I know if my Star Ruby is natural or synthetic?

    Insist on a third-party certificate when buying a gemstone. Natural inclusions tend to provide the best insights into the origins of a gemstone, and certified laboratories with well versed gemologists offer authentic reports validating the origins of a gemstone.

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    What is the fair price to pay for my natural Star Ruby?

    Keeping in mind the quality of the gem, when it comes to a star ruby, the position and relief of the star is key to determining its value. Paired with rich, even colors a star ruby can be priced anywhere between …………. To ……….. A carat.


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