The glittering flashes of sparkles. Generally depicted as a cluster of three, yellow four-point stars, with one large sparkle and two small ones to its left or right.
Commonly used to indicate various positive sentiments, including love, happiness, beauty, gratitude, and excitement. May also be used to convey newness or cleanliness.
Not to be confused with ⭐ Star, 🌟 Glowing Star, or 💫 Dizzy, though their applications may overlap.
Microsoft’s sparkles are multicolored, as Twitter’s previously were. Samsung’s sparkles are depicted on a night sky, suggesting firework sparklers.
Twitter's mobile app uses ✨ Sparkles as a button users can tap to toggle between latest and top tweets on their timeline.
Sparkles was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.