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8.37 ct. Cat's Eye Iolite

Color:  Medium Light Grayish-Violet Clarity:  Transparent
Origin:  India Cut:  Oval Cabochon
Treatments:  None Measurements:  16.5 x 12 mm

Here is something rarely encountered, a true Iolite cat's eye.  It is simply a phenomenon that is uncommon in the species, so we were pleasantly surprised recently to see a larger example from the finds of Orissa, India.  The eye is quite respectable for the species - it's a moderate eye, but quite nicely it is not caused by any distracting or even noticeable inclusions - its all completely microscopic.  Strongly pleochroic, the stone varies in color from very slightly bluish-gray to a nice violet depending on the viewing angle.  Very large example of this phenomenon for Iolite. 


$30 / carat - $251 total