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19thC 1ct Chrysoberyl Cats Eye Ancient Amulet Evil Eye Gemstone #43731

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Antique Genuine Natural Russian One Carat Lime Green Colored Chrysoberyl (Alexandrite) Cats Eye.

CLASSIFICATION: Cabochon Green Chrysoberyl Oval.
 
ORIGIN: The Ural Mountains, Russia. 18th Century.
 
SIZE: Length: 6.5mm. Width: 5mm. Depth: 3mm. All measurements approximate.
 

WEIGHT: 0.93 carat.
 
NOTES: Upon request we can set your gemstones as a ring, pendant, or as earrings.
 
DETAIL:
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. Translucent it possesses a very rich and regal green hue with very distinct honey or amber undertones. The color is fabulous, somehow bringing to mind the rich green brocade fabrics of 1960’s era Chrysler luxury cars. It is a very beautiful gemstones and would make a wonderful ring. The gemstone possesses a luminescence much like a pearl or opal. It is an unusual and uncommon specimen. Siberian green chrysoberyl 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, the richness of the color are of the same exquisite quality.
 
Good quality green chrysoberyl semi-precious gemstones are in high demand, and can be quite costly. In fact, at retail green chrysoberyl can cost as much as aquamarine or alexandrite. The principal differences between chrysoberyl and alexandrite are 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 for several centuries. Under magnification the gemstone shows the unmistakable characteristics of having been hand crafted. The coarseness of the 18th 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.
 
HISTORY:
Chrysoberyl is a close cousin of color-changing alexandrite. The color ranges from a honey-yellow to yellow-green to an apple green to brown. Generally the yellow and green 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. The most famous members of the beryl family are emerald and aquamarine.

There are other members of the beryl family much less known. Pale green beryl is essentially a green version of aquamarine. Pink and peach beryl, colored by manganese impurities, is known as morganite.  Morganite was discovered late 1800’s and is named after gem collector extraodinaire J.P. Morgan. Golden Beryl is colored by uranium impurities, and is known as heliodor. The rarest variety is red beryl, also known as “bixbite”, and also derives it color from manganese impurities. The colorless variety of beryl known as goshenite is little used as a gemstone, however it played a very important role in history. In antiquity beryl was used for the lenses of spectacles – and was the source of the German word for spectacles, “brille”. Goshenite is very brilliant, and has been used occasionally as a diamond substitute. In fact the word brilliance is probably derived from the ancient greek word for beryl, “berullos”, which means crystal. Both pale green beryl as well as pink beryl (morganite) – as well as aquamarine and emerald, are found in Russia.

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