The mineral or gemstone chrysoberyl is an aluminate of beryllium with the formula BeAl2O4.
Cat’s eye chrysoberyl gemstone
The name chrysoberyl comes from the Greek words chrysos and beryllos. Meaning “a gold-white spar”. Despite the similarity of their names, chrysoberyl and beryl are two completely different gemstones. Although they both contain beryllium. Chrysoberyl is the third-hardest frequently encountered natural gemstone. And lies at 8.5 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
Ordinary chrysoberyl is yellowish-green and transparent to translucent. When the mineral exhibits good pale green to yellow color and is transparent, then it consider as a gemstone quality. The three main varieties of chrysoberyl are: ordinary yellow-to-green chrysoberyl, cat’s eye or cymophane, and also alexandrite.
Yellow-green chrysoberyl was compare to as chrysolite during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Which caused confusion since that name has also been used for the mineral peridot as a gemstone. That name is no longer used in the gemological nomenclature.
Cat’s eye effect
In gemology, chatoyancy, chatoyance or cat’s eye effect, is an optical reflectance effect visible in certain gemstones. Coined from the French “oeil de chat”, meaning “cat’s eye”, chatoyancy arises either from the fibrous structure of a material, as in cat’s eye tourmaline, or from fibrous inclusions or cavities within the stone, as in cat’s eye chrysoberyl.
The precipitates that cause chatoyance are the needles. Examined samples have yielded no evidence of tubes or fibers.The needles precipitates all align perpendicularly with respect to cat’s eye effect. The lattice parameter of the needles matches only one of the three orthorhombic crystal axes of the chrysoberyl, as a result of an alignment along that direction.
The phenomenon resembles the brilliance of a silk spool. The luminous streak of reflected light is always perpendicular to the direction of the fibres.
For a gemstone to show this effect better, the shape must be a cabochon. Round with a flat base, rather than faceted, with the fibers or fibrous structures parallel to the base of the finished gem. The best finished specimens show a single sharply. A band of light that moves across the stone when it turns.
Chatoyant stones of lesser quality display a banded effect as is typical with cat’s-eye varieties of quartz. Faceted stones do not show the effect well.
Cat’s eye chrysoberyl meaning and healing metaphysical properties benefits
The following section is pseudo scientific and based on cultural beliefs.
Cat’s eye chrysoberyl acts to stimulate intuition and to enhance awareness. The crystal transforms negative thoughts into positive energy. The gemstone brings happiness and serenity, along with optimism, generosity and confidence. It can enhance creativity and kindness.
Cat’s eye gemstone helps one to get isolated from worldly pleasures and desires. The gemstone properties also include its exceptional healing powers that can stimulate crown chakra in your body. This gemstone helps you to recover from post traumatic conditions. It can aid in cancer healing as well.
Cat’s eye chrysoberyl from Africa
Is cat’s eye stone expensive?
A key feature of the cats eye or vaiduryam stone is its cat’s eye effect, and a strong cat’s eye effect increases the price significantly. Natural chrysoberyl cat’s eye gemstone price in India in rupees is between Rs 1300 per carat and rupees 22,000 per carat and above.
What is chrysoberyl cats eye price?
One of the hardest gemstones on earth, chrysoberyl can reach very high values. Excellent examples of chrysoberyl have recently sold for tens of thousands of dollars, with alexandrite chrysoberyl sometimes fetching upwards of $100,000.
Which cats eye stone is best?
Best quality cats eye chrysoberyl gemstone has a fine colour from greenish golden to golden green. When there is a distinct golden green or greenish yellow shade it is called as the “Kanak Khet” Lehsuniya and is considered to be the best cats eye gemstone.
What is cat’s eye stone good for?
Cat’s eye acts to stimulate intuition and to enhance awareness. It is a grounding stone that provides a very effective protective energy. Cat’s eye dispels unwanted energy from the aura. It amplifies good luck and fortune.
Who can wear cat’s eye?
In addition, people whose number according to astrology matches that of Ketu, which is 7, can use cat’s eye. Moreover, if your birthday falls on 7, 16 or 25 of a month, the gemstone is ideal. Others for whom cat’s eye is suitable are people whose star signs are Aswathy, Makam or Moolam.
What are cat’s eye chrysoberyl benefits?
Chrysoberyl cat’s eye transforms negative thoughts into positive energy. Cat’s eye brings happiness and serenity, along with optimism, generosity and confidence. It can enhance creativity and kindness. Traditionally, Cat’s eye is believed to protect the wearer from evil spirits.