Rated 1 out of 5 by Beth2crazy4gems BUYER BEWARE - Small & chipped - lousy stones!
I saw these on "Late Night Rocks" with Cheryl as the host. Cheryl said that her stones had lots of helix in them. I did not have a single one with an asterism. Star sapphires are supposed to contain intersecting needle-like inclusions that cause the appearance of a six-rayed star shaped pattern. The only lines in mine were cracks, internal or external. Almost every stone was also chipped. I didn't have a single star, even after looking at every one with a flashlight beam.
My parcel only had 2 "large" stones that were 6mm x 5mm - one oval and one teardrop. The oval one was half clear gray and I could read through it to the paper beneath it. Maybe 5 were 3.5mm - 4mm, and the rest were smaller than 3mm. Many of the stones were totally round, not flat on the back - not mountable. There weren't even 2 that were alike to use for earrings.
I was so disgusted with them that I packaged them and returned them to the Post Office in less than an hour. It bugs me that I spent $7.52 for origional S&H, and then another $5 to return them. I just wasn't going to let JTV keep the $19.99 purchase price.
I have NEVER rated a purchase this bad, but had to try to save others the disgust and anger I had after getting these stones.
May 31, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Paris81022 Going Back
Of the handful of stones we got not ONE of them has the 'star'. Most were really small and some were actually chipped or looked broken. Sad because we were really looking forward to this parcel.
November 16, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Pennykat8 Brown Gravel
No star, brown gravel. Returned
October 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Alamel21 Very Good Asterisim
I purchased two parcels and received a very even mix of shapes. Although all of the rounds are 4mm or a little less, these are quite pretty stones that are suitable for many craft project type jewelry applications. There are even three larger stones that will go into my stone collection.
June 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by pat47 Reasonable parcel
I found the stones small, but all had stars visible. I was satisfied.
May 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Della123 This product is very beautiful
My husband and I both think these gems are beautiful and there isn't any problem seeing the asterism.
September 24, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Charley2016 VERY DISAPPOINTED
I thought, "How Neat! Black Star Sapphires." What a disappointment. I received 27 stones, ranging from 9mm to 3mm, all very nice and shiny, but, NO stars on any of them. Eight of these stones were chipped, several with large chips on the backs and two with chips on the sides. I kept them because I couldn't spend more to ship them back for the price that I paid.
September 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Eileen60 Great parcel for the price
The stones are nicely cut no uneven or badly shaped stones. Every stone I received in this parcel showed varied strengths of the star, all easily visible. Some of the stones were small but all were calibrated and can be used in making jewelry. While only 5 were of gem quality the price I paid was more than fair.
July 10, 2012
Parcel Of Brazilian Quartz 500.00ctw Mixed Shape Star Cut
Parcel Of Brazilian Quartz 500.00ctw Mixed Shape Star Cut. Sizes, Shapes And Colors Vary. Gemstones Mined In Brazil And Cut
In China.One of the world's largest annual gemstone and jewelry shows, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show didn't disappoint ...