Ceylon Cat's Eye (Lehsunia)

One of the beautiful optical illusions is shown by a Ceylon cat’s eye stone. This semi precious gemstone showcases a fine band in the center that resembles the slit eye of a cat. It belongs to the chrysoberyl mineral family. As per vedic astrology, it is a powerful gem that represents the planet Ketu.

Populary known as Lehsunia stone in Hindi, this gemstone is available in different shades namely grey, honey, black and yellowish green. It is found in various parts of the world mainly Sri Lanka(Ceylon), Brazil, Zimbabwe, India, Madagascar and the United States. Ceylon Cat’s Eye stone displays an amazing optical phenomenon called ‘chatoyancy effect’ that makes it different from the rest of the gemstones. Thus, it makes up a perfect gem for jewelry and also bestows astrological advantages.

Chrysoberyl cat’s eye or cat's eye stone sourced from Ceylon is valued for its amazing benefits in all spheres of life. Some of the Ceylon Cat’s Eye stone benefits are as follows:

  • It gives protection to the wearer from negative energy, depression and anxiety.
  • This gemstone stimulates intuition and helps the wearer in strengthening decision making skills.
  • It is believed that this gemstone brings financial stability and prosperity to the wearer.
  • It is the stone that enhnaces focus and concentration.
  • Ceylon Cat’s Eye stone is connected with spiritual enlightenment.
  • This gemstone promotes emotional healing.

Before purchasing this beautiful gemstone, one should consider several factors such as the 4C’s (cut, clarity, carat weight and color). Ceylon Cat’s Eye stone price starts from INR 500 to INR 43,000. Here are the factors that determine the price of this chrysoberyl stone.

  • Color: Cat’s Eye stone sourced from Ceylon features a wide range of colors. However, bright colors with a fine chatoyancy band commands for higher prices.
  • Cut: These gemstones are generally given a cabochon shape. This is the shape that features the chatoyancy band perfectly. There are many other shapes in which these gems are available. A precise well finished cut commands for higher prices.
  • Carat Weight: Ceylon Cat’s Eye gemstone per carat increases with increase in size of the stone. Thus, larger sizes fetch more price.
  • Clarity: These gemstones feature a translucent appearance.
  • Quality:

    The quality of Ceylon Cat’s Eye stone depends upon the ‘chatoyancy effect’. The other factors that are linked to the quality of this stone are as follows:

  • Color: The color of this amazing gemstone ranges from yellowish green, golden yellow to brownish yellow. The presence of a chatoyancy band defines the quality of this gemstone. The more visible and finer the band, the higher is the quality of the stone.
  • Cut: A perfect cut that shows the chatoyancy band clearly highlights the quality of the stone.
  • Carat Weight: High carat weight Lehsuniya stone sourced from Ceylon featuring the band in the center accounts for higher price and is considered high quality gemstone.
  • Clarity:Transparent Ceylon cat’s eye stones are least valued. Translucent gems mark high quality.

  • Origin:

  • Though there are various places from which this gemstone can be sourced, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) is known for producing high-quality cat's eye stones. The Ratnapura district in Sri Lanka is the famous hub for this gemstone mining.

  • Quick Gemstone Guide

    Q.Who should wear the Ceylon cat’s eye stone ?

    Ans. Individuals with zodiac signs such as Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Aquarius and Virgo are suggested to wear this chrysoberyl gemstone.

    Q. How should you wear a Ceylon cat’s eye stone ?

    Ans. One should consult an astrologer before wearing any gemstone. For cat’s eye stone sourced from Ceylon, it is suggested to wear the stone on Tuesday in the middle finger of the right hand. The preferred metals are panchdhatu, gold, or silver.



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