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Cat's-eye Chrysoberyl

Like the eye of a panther, cat's-eye chrysoberyl seems almost supernatural in origin. How could something so feline be mineral and not animal? Cat's-eye chrysoberyl, a cousin of color-changing alexandrite, is a variety of chrysoberyl which has a distinct band of light across its face which sweeps from side to side.

. The color ranges from a honey-brown to an apple green with rich gold colors generally the most valued. The most important value factor is the strength and sharpness of the eye. Fine cat's-eye chrysoberyl often also shows the "milk and honey" effect. When a bright light source is directed at the side of the stone, one side of the eye will be milky white and the other remains gold. When the stone is rotated, the colors switch. Cat's-eyes are especially popular in men's jewelry.

Cat's-eye chrysoberyl has the presence of a familiar, a powerful talisman that can direct fortune. Put it to work for you!

Chrysoberyl can also be seen in a faceted variety, which has a honey-gold color. It may remind you of yellow sapphire, topaz, or citrine.

Chrysoberyl - Main Characteristics

ClassificationMineral
Hardness (Mohs Scale)8.75
Molecular formulaBeAl2O4
Composition - Silicon Dioxide.
Crystal ShapePrismatic narrow formation.
Color/SpectrumGamma of red, yellow, pale green.
Atomic (Crystal )Structure Base centered orthorhombic.
Index of Refraction1.740 - 1.750
Density (Relative) 3.65 - 3.85
Light interactionVitreous
UsesJewelry, rings, ornamental, decorative.

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