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19thC Antique 1½ct Chrysoberyl Ancient Persia Rome Evil Eye Protection Amulet 37982

Cost: $ 199.99


Antique Genuine Natural Russian One and One-Half Carat Green Chrysoberyl (Alexandrite) Cats Eye. Mounted onto handcrafted, high quality solid sterling silver bail (not cheap silver plated).

CLASSIFICATION:  Cabochon Green Chrysoberyl Oval.

ORIGIN:  The Ural Mountains, Russia.  19th Century. Chain and bail setting contemporary.

SIZE:  Length:  6 1/2mm.  Width:  6mm.  Depth:  4mm.  All measurements approximate.

WEIGHT:  1.54 carats.

NOTE:    Default chain is silver electroplate 16, 18, 20 or 24 inch (provided free).  Sterling silver chains are also available in lengths from 16 to 24 inches.

14kt solid gold or 14kt gold fill bail together with 14kt gold fill and solid 14kt gold chains in lengths from 18 to 24 inches are available upon request. If you would prefer a different setting style, odds are we have many different setting styles available which would fit this stone(s) which could be substituted for no or very little additional cost.  Write us for pictures and prices.

NOTE:  If you would like only the gemstone, and not the setting, we can dismount the gemstone and offer you the gemstone without the setting.  Just let us know, and yes, we’ll discount the price by the cost of the setting.


DETAIL:
Ancient European and Mediterranean cultures believed cat’s-eye gemstones able to provide protection against the adverse influences of the "evil eye".  There was an ancient belief that some evil sorcerers or witches had the ability to transmit   A gorgeous, richly colored natural green chrysoberyl “cats eye” semi-precious gemstone from the Ural Mountains of Russia.  Closely related to alexandrite (which is also a form of chrysoberyl), this gorgeous and much sought after semi-gemstone was hand shaped and polished into this very beautiful oval cabochon.  The result is an exquisite and incredibly richly colored precious gemstone with lots of depth and gorgeous tone.  The “eye” is very sharply defined, razor sharp, and the color is a very delicate pastel green which truly looks like a feline eye.  Green chrysoberyl cats eye was considered for over a century the very best chrysoberyl in the world, but in the past few decades it has become mostly played out.  This is a very nice specimen representative of better quality green chrysoberyl.  Though it does not change color from green to pink or purple like an alexandrite catseye, the green color and the sharpness of the eye are of the same exquisite quality.

Good quality green cats eye semi-precious gemstones are in high demand, and can be quite costly.  In fact, at retail green cats eye chrysoberyl generally costs more than alexandrite cats eye – the main principal differences are less (or no) color change but generally higher quality; chrysoberyl compared to alexandrite.  The Southern Ural Mountains of Russia have been producing high value, naturally colored green and honey colored chrysoberyl cats eye for well over a century.  Under magnification the gemstone shows the unmistakable characteristics of having been hand crafted.  The coarseness of the 19th century finish is considered appealing to most gemstone collectors, and is not considered a detriment, or detract from the value of a gemstone.  In fact most serious collectors consider such gemstones more desirable, possessed of greater character and uniqueness when compared to today's cookie-cutter mass-produced machine-tumbled gemstones.  Unlike today’s computer controlled machine produced gemstones, the cut and finish of a gemstone such as this is the legacy of an artisan who lived two centuries ago.

The setting is of high quality manufacture, and was produced by one of the USA’s leading semi-custom mount producers.  It is constructed of solid sterling silver, and can be reset into 14kt gold if requested.  The default chain is silver electroplated 24 inch.  However we do have solid sterling silver (as we ll as 14kt gold and gold fill) chains available in lengths between 16 and 24 inches available upon request.
 
This gemstone has great luster and sparkle, and to the eye is essentially without blemish, but it is not absolutely flawless.  True, the blemishes it possesses are virtually invisible to the naked eye, and the gemstone can be characterized, to use trade jargon, as "eye clean".  However magnified 500%, as it is here, you can see very slight imperfections (included material) within the gemstone and occasional irregularities in the cut and finish.  But these characteristics are not only expected of hand-finished gemstones, you must also consider that two centuries ago the mining techniques even theoretically possible, let alone commonly practiced, did not allow the ultra deep mining operations which are so commonplace today.

Two centuries ago mankind was more or less limited to surface deposits or near surface deposits of gemstones.  Higher quality gemstones which today are routinely mined from beneath hundreds of meters, even kilometers beneath the earth's surface, were simply inaccessible then.  So antique gemstones must be appreciated as antiques first, gemstones second.  The relatively superlative quality of contemporary gemstones routinely mined from deep beneath the earth's surface today were simply not accessible two centuries ago, or at least, only rarely so.  However for most, the unique nature and character of antique gemstones such as this more than makes up for included imperfections which by and large, are only visible under high magnification.
 

CHRYSOBERYL HISTORY: Chrysoberyl color ranges from a honey-yellow to yellow-green to an apple green to brown. Generally the yellow, green, and yellow-greenish-gold specimens are considered the most valued, the least valued being the brown. Though the largest deposits of this gemstone are in South Africa, with smaller deposits in Australia, Burma, and India; the most valued deposits, almost exhausted, are those from the Ural Mountains in Russia, specifically those around the city of Yekaterinburg, in the South Urals.

Some of the more noteworthy specimens include the incredible 563ct Star of India which resides in the American Museum of Natural History, and has a recorded history from the sixteenth century. It was mined in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and circulated among various Indian princes and kings for almost four hundred years, before being acquired by George Kunz, the noted American gemologist. Probably the finest cut chrysoberyl existing is probably the one exhibited in the Mineral Gallery of the British Museum (Natural History). Absolutely flawless and weighing 43 carats, it was formerly contained in the famous Hope collection.

The name Chrysoberyl is derived from the Greek words “Beryl”, meaning green and “Chryso”, meaning golden. The two words combined mean “gold colored beryl”. In spite what the name implies, chrysoberyl is not actually a Beryl at all. The gemstone was a very important trade good in ancient India, and was exported to and found enormous popularity in many Asian cultures. Chrysoberyls have long been considered a good luck charm in numerous cultures. It was treasured in Asia before the birth of Christ, was well-known in the ancient Near East in Old Testament times, and became quite well known in Rome by the end of the First Century A.D.

The ancients believed that it would improve eyesight and to protect against evil. The ancient Persians and Arabs believed it could make one invisible on the battlefield. Chrysoberyl cat’s-eye gemstones were also worn in the Near East (as well as elsewhere in the ancient world) as protection against the “evil eye”. There was an ancient belief that some evil sorcerers or witches had the ability to transmit evil with just a glance. Certain items of personal adornment (amulets, talismans, etc.) were thought to protect the wearer from the "evil eye" by the proviso of an always watchful open eye and a chrysoberyl cat’s-eye gemstone was just that, an always open and watchful “eye”. Chrysoberyl was also very popular in Victorian and Edwardian times, when it was often inaccurately referred to as Chrysolite.

 

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