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Star gemstones occur in many different colors, with 4 to 6 rayed stars. The rays of star gems can be white or golden. In fact, black star sapphire from Thailand has unique golden rays. Star gems are cut as cabochons to enable the asterism to be seen and the star may be sharp and clear or less obvious. The best way to view gemstone stars is to use a focused light, such as a flashlight, and hold it above the surface of the gemstone. When the light is moved back and forth, the star will appear to glide over the surface of the gemstone. Star gemstones are best worn in rings because the movement of the hands allows the stars to catch the light and be seen.