Gems: Hackmanite - Rhodochrosite

8.37 ct. Cat's Eye Iolite

8.37 ct. Cat's Eye Iolite

251.00
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  • Color:  Medium Light Grayish-Violet
  • Clarity:  Transparent
  • Origin:  India
  • Cut:  Oval Cabochon
  • Treatments:  None
  • Measurements:  16.5 x 12 mm

Here is something rarely encountered, a true Iolite cat's eye.  It is simply a phenomenon that is uncommon in the species, so we were pleasantly surprised recently to see a larger example from the finds of Orissa, India.  The eye is quite respectable for the species - it's a moderate eye, but quite nicely it is not caused by any distracting or even noticeable inclusions - its all completely microscopic.  Strongly pleochroic, the stone varies in color from very slightly bluish-gray to a nice violet depending on the viewing angle.  Very large example of this phenomenon for Iolite. 

$30 / carat - $251 total