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Cats eye

Cats eye

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CATS
 
EYE
2011
PUBLISHED BY - BAPI SAHA, MOBILE- 9088857120
 
Chrysoberyl Cat's eye, a lively gemstone
Cat’s eye is the ninth gemstone in the Navaratna family. Cat’s eye is a precious stone according toIndian gemology. It represents Ketu, a Chhaya Graha (Shadow planet) in Indian system of astrology.Not all Cat’s eyes but only Chryso-beryl Cat’s eyes are considered as Cat’s eye in India.A fine quality
Cat’s eye
possesses a mixture of black and white shade that has got an even, uniform,clear and transparent surface. It is blooming and covered with a white thin film resembling a winter cloud. It also clearly exhibits round silver lining at both edges like borders of scarf borne on the neck.This is how
Vaidurya
or 
Lahsuniya
, Indian names for Cat’s eye, depicted in ancient Indian Sanskrittext.A High quality
Cat’s eye
consists of golden yellow shade and white fiber. The gemstone isconsidered of higher value and greater beauty if brighter the fiber in its gleam, and straight as a line.King of Kandy presented a big sized
Cat’s eye
of 313 carats to
Queen Victoria
when her armydefeated him.
Main characteristics:
A silver Lining is visible in a perfect Cat’s eye in direct sun light or lamp. A fine Cat’s eye possessesyellowish or greenish tinge of the eye of cats. The Greek words chrysos and beryllos are origins of the word chrysoberyl That means "a gold-white spar". The chrysoberyl, is an aluminate of beryllium.Chemical formula of Chrysoberyl is BeAl2O4. Chrysoberyl is the third-hardest natural gemstone after Diamond (10) and Corundum (9).Its hardness lies between corundum (9) and topaz (8).i.e. hardness of eight and half in Moh’s scale.It is smooth like glass. It becomes fine and brilliant when polished. The prized color is golden yellowand beige (Whipped honey). In addition, the silver lining is clear and distinct.
The gem looks as if it were really alive with the intensity of the line appears and disappears.
Main characteristics of Cat's eye
A silver Lining is visible in a perfect Cat’s eye in direct sun light or lamp. A fine Cat’s eye possessesyellowish or greenish tinge of the eye of cats. The Greek words chrysos and beryllos are origins of the word chrysoberyl That means "a gold-white spar". The chrysoberyl, is an aluminate of beryllium.Chemical formula of Chrysoberyl is BeAl2O4. Chrysoberyl is the third-hardest natural gemstone after Diamond (10) and Corundum (9).Its hardness lies between corundum (9) and topaz (8).i.e. hardness of eight and half in Moh’s scale.It is smooth like glass. It becomes fine and brilliant when polished. The prized color is golden yellowand beige (Whipped honey). In addition, the silver lining is clear and distinct.
The gem looks as if it were really alive with the intensity of the line appears and disappears.
Flaws in Cat's eye gemstone
 
A dark shaded
Cat’s eye
with watery complexion and reddish tinge in fiber, flattened, deformed andlight weight (low specific gravity), is considered to be ominous. It is likely to bring ill luck.The Sanskrit name for 
Cat’s eye
is
Vaidurya
and
Bidalaksh
, (Bidal means cat and Aksh is eye) andit characterizes the actual meaning of the word. The gem stone virtually resembles eye of a cat.Hence, it is so called in western world too. It is called
Lahsuniya
(
Lehsuniya
) in Hindi language.A Cat’s eye gemstone is termed as a “sheet” if fiber is not straight as a line but defused over thebody. A Cat’s eye devoid of fiber is known as Karketak (chrysolite).Oriental Cat’s eye is
Chrysoberyl Cat’s eye
. It was depicted as cymophane in Victorian age.However, this word is not in use now. It invariably possesses a white gleam and opalescence due toinclusions of fiber or a fibrous structure.
Flaws in Cat’s eye
:The following flaws can be occurred in a
Cat’s eye gemstone
.1. Spot in crystal2. Hole3. Crack4. Flimsy5. Stain6. Dullness7. Pale in color.When a
Cat’s eye
is dull, opaque and without luster it is called a bony stone. A bony stone is neither bright nor smooth.Stains of following colors are also found in
Cat’s eye
:1. White2. Black3. Red,4. Honey brown.Of course, flaws down grade a
gemstone
and
Cat's eye
is not an exception
.
Clean
gemstones
fetchmuch higher value than a stone with inclusions. More the inclusions less the price is the case for a
Cat’s eye gemstone
like all other 
gemstones
.
Varieties and origins of Cat's eye
Varieties of Cat’s eye (According to color):Kanak Khet
: This is the finest type of Cat’s eye. It has a bright golden hue. It looks exactly as eye of a cat.(Kanak means gold in Sanskrit and Khet is origin)
Madhu Khet
: It is a medium quality Cat’s eye with honey brown hue and white fibers.(Madhu is for honey in Sanskrit)
Dhumra or Dhum Khet
: It has smoky color with white fibers and considered as of low quality.(Dhumra means smoke in Sanskrit language)

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