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1.04 ct. Cats Eye Chrysoberyl

Color:  Medium Greenish-Yellow Clarity:  Translucent
Origin:  Orissa, India Cut:  Oval Cabochon
Treatments:  None Measurements:  6 x 5.3 mm

An outstanding example of this classic gem material.  There is such a range of quality in these it is startling - transparency, clarity, strength of the chatoyancy, polish - all of these must come together to raise a stone above the fray.  This gem is a treat - the gem is fully transparent, with a complete, bright and (outstanding!) laser sharp eye that is both perfectly centered and fully mobile.  The transparency of the stone deserves special mention - even the best stones on the market today are often 'milky' and less than fully transparent. 

Additionally, we are a great fan of the bright colors of this Orissa material - it is quite vibrant.  A great polish and a flat base with no wasted depth round out the attributes.  The classic 'milk and honey' effect, a hallmark of the best stones, stands out very well with oblique illumination - see the first image below.  In fact, it does all the tricks - with multiple lights you can 'open' and 'close' the eye as well - see the second below.  Superb gem.

$550 / carat - $572 total