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Cat's Eye Gemstone | Chatoyant Chrysoberyl

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History and General Information- Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye

The translucent honey-yellow to greenish or brownish yellow chatoyant chrysoberyl which, when cut with a domed surface (cabochon) show a mobile streak of light are called as cymophane or cat's eye chrysoberyl. cat’s eye is a band of light that runs length wise from one end of the stone to the other. This effect is called chatoyancy.
In gemology, chatoyancy (or chatoyance) is an optical reflectance effect seen in certain natural gemstones. Coined from the French "oeil de chat", meaning 'cat's eye', chatoyancy arises either from the fibrous structure of a material, as seen in tiger eye quartz, or from fibrous inclusions or cavities within the stone, as seen in chrysoberyl cat's eye .

This chatoyant chrysoberyl Catseye gemstone is also known as ‘cymophane’ which comes from a Greek word that means ‘wavelike form’, owing the name to the chatoyancy sometimes exhibited in this variety of gemstone.

Cat’s eye stones (gemstones displaying the streak of light), similar in appearance to cymophane, are formed in minerals such as tourmaline, scapolite, corundum, spinel and quartz.Chrysoberyl Cat's eye rough The industry designates these gemstones as quartz cat's eyes, or ruby cat's eyes etc and only the chrysoberyl gemstone can be referred to as cat's eye with no other designation.

This gem has had the longest history amongst the other chrysoberyl varieties. By the start of the nineteenth century the gem had lost its popularity. However, in the late nineteenth century when the Duke of Connaught gave a cat's eye ring as an engagement token to the princess of Prussia, this gemstone became popular once again and its value increased greatly.

In India, this gem is known by various names like ‘lasunia’, ‘vaidhuriya’, ‘ketu’, and ‘bidalaskh’. The gemstone is one of the Navagraha stones (stones that represent the nine planets that have a cosmic influence on all earthlings) representing the God of the Descending/South lunar node (ketu) in Indian astrology and is related to supernatural influences.

Honey coloured cat's eyeThis gem is believed to protect the wearer from bad fortune, harmonizing the negative effects of Ketu and hence it is popular in the Indian market. For therapeutic purposes, chrysoberyl rings should be worn as recommended. Chrysoberyl stones are tested and cut for the specific purpose and can be set in a ring in a specific format.

The cat’s eye gemstones and cats eye beads are mostly used in jewelry item like rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more.

Composition of Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye
The chemical formula of this gem is beryllium aluminum oxide (BeO Al2 O3). The specific gravity ranges between is 3.72 and 3.74 and the refractive index range is between 1.746 and 1.755 (Spot 1.75). Its hardness on Mohs scale is 8.5.
The chrysoberyl cat’s eye belongs to the Chrysoberyl group. The 2 main varieties of the Chrysoberyl group are:

1. Alexandrite Gemstone (color changing)

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