Star Sapphire Watercolour

My painting of these blue jewels is an abstract, imaginative work based on a genuine gemstone- a star sapphire, which I saw for the first time recently. I captured the spider like white star over the blue stone though drawing and painting back over my original painting, so this collection of twelve gemstones echos also a night sky, and the twelve months of the year, and a constellation of stars.

A star sapphire is a type of sapphire that exhibits a star-like phenomenon known as asterism; red stones are known as “star rubies”. Star sapphires contain intersecting needle-like inclusions following the underlying crystal structure that cause the appearance of a rayed “star”-shaped pattern when viewed with a single overhead light source. The inclusion is often the mineral rutile, a mineral composed primarily of titanium dioxide. The stones are cut en cabochon, typically with the center of the star near the top of the dome. Occasionally, twelve-rayed stars are found, or parallel whisker inclusions can produce a “cat’s eye” effect.

Painted on 400 gsm fabriano card for ink painting, with artist grade watercolor and inks, the painting itself is sturdy and will be shipped in a rigid mailer. It is sold unframed and unmatted, the second picture demonstrates how easy it is to frame, as the full composition already includes a white border all around

About Erika Jurney

Erika Jurney is the founder of Try Handmade. She loves the handmade and wants you to love it too.

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