Cats Eye

Cat’s Eye (Lehsunia)

#### Name and Identification

– Common Name: Cat’s Eye

– Scientific Name: Chrysoberyl

– Names in Various Languages:

  – Hindi: लहसुनिया (Lehsunia)

  – Tamil: வைடூரியம் (Vaiduryam)

  – Kannada: ವೈಡೂರ್ಯ (Vaidurya)

  – Telugu: వైడూర్యం (Vaidooryam)

Cats Eye

Physical Characteristics

– Color and Appearance: Typically honey-colored to greenish, with a distinct white band of light across the surface, resembling a cat’s eye.

– Hardness and Durability: Ranges from 8.5 to 9 on the Mohs scale.

– Unique Features: Exhibits chatoyancy, a reflective effect that appears as a single band of light.

Origin and Sourcing

– Geological Formation: Formed in igneous and metamorphic rocks.

– Major Mining Locations: Sri Lanka, Brazil, India, and Madagascar.

– Historical and Cultural Significance: Long associated with mysticism and protection.

Therapeutic and Healing Properties

– Believed Health Benefits: Said to improve mental health, restore memory, and provide relief from stress.

– Emotional and Spiritual Benefits: Considered to bring harmony and balance, enhancing intuition and spiritual awareness.

– Traditional Uses: Used in meditation and spiritual practices for its perceived grounding properties.

Jewelry and Usage

– Popular Forms: Mainly used in rings and pendants.

– Recommended Metals for Setting: Silver or gold are traditionally used.

– Care and Maintenance Tips: Clean with mild soap and water; avoid harsh chemicals and ultrasonic cleaners.

Market and Value

– Factors Affecting Value: Intensity of the chatoyant band, color, clarity, and carat weight.

– Tips for Identification of Authentic Stones: Look for the sharpness of the cat’s eye effect and natural inclusions.

– Market Trends and Availability: Relatively rare, especially high-quality stones with a strong chatoyancy.

Cats Eye