adj. Mineralogy
Exhibiting asterism.

[From Greek asterios, starry, from astēr, star; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Geological Science) (of a crystal, esp a gemstone) exhibiting a star-shaped figure in transmitted or reflected light
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(æˈstɪər iˌeɪ tɪd)

(of a mineral or stone) exhibiting asterism.
[1810–20; < Greek astéri(os) starry]
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Adj.1.asteriated - (of some crystals especially gemstones) exhibiting asterismasteriated - (of some crystals especially gemstones) exhibiting asterism
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During the early 2000s, one of the authors (MPS) obtained an attractive asteriated zircon in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka.
When this topic is exhausted there are emeralds and morganites (the latter especially fine), rose quartz (often asteriated), yellow orthoclase and much else.
Simultaneous cuboid and octahedral growth may result in reentrant cubes or asteriated diamonds.