The colour of honey, with a streak of light across its surface, akin to the pupil of a cat’s eye, the Cat’s Eye enjoys much popularity as a gem adorning men’s jewellery.
The cat’s eye effect is known as chatoyancy, caused by the reflection of light by tiny needle-like inclusions in the gemstone. It is said that the most superior chatoyancy shows off a thick straight line, with milky and honey colours in equal parts. Cat’s Eyes that exhibit both high clarity and strong lustre are extremely rare.
This is a gemstone with a long history, known to the Romans since the first century. Since time immemorial, various myths have been associated with the cat’s eye gemstone. According to Oriental lore, placing a Cat’s Eye between one’s eyes bestows one with foresight and intuition. In its founding source Sri Lanka, this gemstone is considered a potent talisman against evil spirits.
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