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Men's Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye Ring in Gold with Ideal "Milk and Honey" Coloring

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Chrysoberyl is one of the lesser-known gemstones. The Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye was popular in the Victorian period then again in Mid-Century jewelry. It is often accompanied by diamonds because it is frequently a shade of green reminiscent of, well, phlegm. The ideal coloring for this stone is described as "milk and honey" where honey forms the background coloring of the gem and the "milk" is the line of chatoyancy that travels across the stone causing it to "wink." I love a gem that can do a trick: change colors or display a radiant star in the sun. This gem does indeed have a trick and it's a good one: the milk-white line slides back and forth through the honey of the stone as you move your hand. It's mesmerizing. The stone measures 13.37 mm x 10.24 x 9.47 for a weight of 12.50 carats. Crafted in thick and sturdy 18k gold, this ring lacks all embellishments because it holds a stone of the finest possible coloring, chatoyancy and translucency. It doesn't have diamonds because it doesn't need them. There is no maker's mark and I believe the ring to be of circa 1980s origin. Unisex by design, this is a ring for somebody who wants something nobody else will have. It is a ring that attracts attention for both its innate beauty and its unfamiliarity. The ring is a size 9 and could be resized by your local jeweler. It rises approximately 10 mm from the top of the finger.

Details

  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    No chips to stone, no deep scratches or deformities to the gold. Minor scratches on gold from ordinary wear. Easily buffed to new condition but left as-is. Evidence of prior resizing visible with loupe.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 0.59 in. x W 0.88 in. x D 1.17 in. x Dm 0.75 in.H 14.89 mm x W 22.18 mm x D 29.53 mm x Dm 19 mm
  • Diameter
    0.75 in. (19 mm)
  • Length
    1.17 in. (29.53 mm)
  • Weight
    20 g
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158916776131
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