Cat's Eye (Lehsunia)

Chrysoberyl in Greek, translates to the color gold, a color that represents nobility and farsight. Sought after for years for its powers to ward off the evil eye, Cats Eye Chrysoberyl shows off the most exotic milk and honey effect thanks to its natural phenomena. Shimmering with all its beauty under the spotlight, Cymophanes (cats eye) range from yellowish greens to attractive reddish, honey colored gems.

Color: Yellowish green, brownish yellows to semi transparent golden yellows.
Finger: Worn on the middle finger of the right hand, with the gemstone touching the body.
Neck: Worn as a pendant with the gemstone touching the body.
Metal: Yellow gold with its warm tones makes a great combination with the resilient cymophane.
Zodiac Sign: Pieces (Vedic) Leo (Western).

The cat’s eye chrysoberyl (Lehsuniya) is believed to reduce the negative effects on an individual and boost one’s Ketu (the mythological planet of spirituality), offering liberation from materialistic things.

A gemstone that is often worn only for specific periods in one’s life, a natural cat’s eye chrysoberyl or Ketu gem is associated with wisdom.

  • Moves and individual closer to spiritualism
  • Promotes detachment
  • Offers wisdom and intuition

An exemplar gemstone when it comes to natural creation, these gems get their coveted visual appearance from tiny, naturally occurring needles that reflect light, similar to that of a piece of satin material. Sold as with many misnomers in the market, it is important to be cautious of stimulants like cat’s eye quartz and others that are sold in place of the cat’s eye chrysoberyl.

Color: Some of the most attractive colors range from yellowish green, golden yellow, and a brown yellow emphasizing an even body color and a beautiful, clear eye of the gemstone.

Clarity: The Lehsuniya is often only cut as a cabochon to maximize the beauty of its cat’s eye effect. Gem cutters must orient the needles across the cabochon in order to display the best optical appearance bringing to life the natural beauty of the gem.

With a hardness of 8.5, the natural cats eye chrysoberyl is a lovely choice for jewelry. Lustrous, unique and full of color, these durable gemstones are often cut as cabochons to show off their cat's eye, making them even less susceptible to chips. Easily worn in an everyday ring, the cat's eye chrysoberyl is a sturdy choice and can take a lot of wear and tear.

Srilanka is home to an exceptional quality of natural Cats Eye Chrysoberyl. An attractive milk and honey once cut from gems from this island country adds to the value and superiority of the gems. Orissa in India is a local source known for their commercial pieces however can also produce select spectacular gems.

The value and price of the luminous cymophane (cat’s eye) is based on its body color, phenomena, transparency and quality of the gemstone. Values of the unique cat's eye could range anywhere between INR 2000 to 20,000 a carat.

A sharp cat’s eye that is both well oriented and running through the center of the gemstone, with good transparency with a visible milk and honey effect are key factors to look for when investing in a natural cat's eye chrysoberyl. Inclusions called needles are key to creating the shimmering cats eye effect while other imperfections often drop the gems value. Gems that form an instant connection are always good investments

Caring for your natural Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl is imperative. Gemstones over time tend to attract dirt and grime and need an occasion bath.

A safe way to clean your cat’s eye chrysoberyl jewelry is:

  • Place gemstone studded jewelry in a bowl of warm soapy water, away from a basin.
  • In the bowl scrub the piece lightly with an old, soft bristled toothbrush
  • In the bowl, rinse with clean water
  • Wipe dry

Bowl is to catch gemstones that might come out of their setting, but can be returned to the jeweler to be reset.

Do not use any harsh chemicals, light hand soap will work.

Jewelry pieces set with enamel and kundan work should never be washed or put into an ultrasonic machine.

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    The hard wearing, shimmering Cat's Eye is noted to be the gemstone offering Moksha and bringing good Karma.


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