Where does come from?
Digital stars and sparkles have been around since the early days of emoticons as they can easily be represented by asterisks, or *. They can even be added to smiley faces to indicate being starstruck or in love, such as (*_*).
These crude asterisks were slowly replaced by all manner of emoji glitter and gold, including white medium star ⭐, glowing star 🌟, shooting star 🌠, and our classy cluster of three stars known as the sparkles emoji ✨, which debuted under Unicode 6.0 in 2010. It sometimes goes by the name stars emoji.
Across platforms, the sparkles emoji always appears as three gold or yellow stars. The sparkles emoji on iPhones and Androids are mirror images of one another: a large star with two little ones to one side. Samsung features sparklier-looking sparkles on a blue background while Microsoft adds some pink and blue to the mix, as shown in the screenshots from Emojipedia below:
Who uses ?
In texts and on social media, the sparkles emoji is used to highlight posts about feeling excited and giddy with love, perhaps as if “seeing stars” or feeling all tingly inside.
what kind of glow is this?✨ pic.twitter.com/XzE1Ab8IND
— MEA$IA (@measialeanna) July 13, 2018
Is wedding season ✨ pic.twitter.com/kO7OWtscHe
— Albë (@JahiuAlba) July 5, 2018
Among astronomy enthusiasts, the sparkles emoji can represent those twinkle, twinkle, little stars and the cosmos more generally.
Stars ✨ Dust and Gas in Orion – The Fox Face #Nebula aka NGC 1788 (below 2nd of 3 stars on the right), et al.
— MR Humble 💫 (@Todd_Scheve) July 16, 2018
People who are proud of accomplishments sprinkle in some sparkles emoji when they are or someone is feeling like a star.
Saturday 30th of June, 2018.
— ElizabethTPeters.com ✨ (@e_t_p_) July 5, 2018
The sparkles emoji can also express those razzle-dazzle magical feelings—and magic acts.
today at breakfast with the princesses I met my favorite Disney princess since I was a little girl, Belle. I couldn’t even believe it, I was so star struck, and then I cried and then she hugged me. Best day ever ✨😍😭 pic.twitter.com/RvmRGdKzqi
— melanie anna grace🌻 (@memyselfandmel_) July 10, 2018
✨🎩 Zatanna, Mistress of Magic 🎩✨ pic.twitter.com/FLT2ADgyqy
— 🌌Lobeznita🌌 (@Iaurakinney) July 12, 2018
The sparkles emoji can also mean clean, like sparkly clean, whether you’ve cleaned up your car or your life.
yo, i’m officially 115 days clean ✨
— baby b wants to hug camila (@itscamilasbaby) July 16, 2018
Bling bling! The sparkles emoji is used in plenty of posts about jewelry.
Look at my neck bling blaow ✨ pic.twitter.com/AbklHH20Jm
— ✨ (@mmx21_) July 11, 2018
Don’t forget about glitter! The sparkles emoji is perfect for makeup applications.
TORONTO MAKEUP ARTISTS/ENTHUSIASTS🗣
Sooo I finally decided to go out on a limb and start my business!🤸🏽♀️🤗 I’ll be selling everything glitter related✨ I’m launching within the next week so make sure you get on it!!! This is only the beginning😏🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/wysJloJbu8
— 🌸Dolce🌸 (@PrettyDolce_) July 17, 2018
And, perhaps most creatively, sexters might drop in a sparkles emoji to indicate that they’ve achieved orgasm.
And this is one situation where it has nothing to do with men but everything to do with a woman’s power. The power you have as a woman to create intense orgasms ✨💦✨💦 This power, in turn, aids you in making better sexual partner choices
— La Sirena ® (@KushFruit) May 28, 2018