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Certainly not often seen: this is a 22-carat marquise cut cabochon Rainbow Moonstone from Africa, measuring 33.3 x 12.7 x 7.7 mm, with a distinct cat's eye effect.

As the stone is rotated, the cat's eye glides over the face of the gem in a flash of blue adularescence. It is highly polished on both faces with some irregularities on the edges, which attest to the naturalness of the stone. There are prominently visible cleavage lines which occur naturally between the layers of crystal - these are common to this family of stone and give both texture and interest. These lines are not cracks or damage; they are an integral part of the stone.

This piece also shows off green-bluish bands of light (very much like a rainbow) in different areas of the stone as the angle of the light changes. Thisis an ideal focal point for a pendant or a brooch; it would work well when highlighted either by a bright or a darker metal setting. Its size and shape would even make it a flattering piece for a statement ring as it will work for most size hands; while this is a very tempting option, it is advised to give protection to the stone for this sort of setting.

The pictures show how the cat's eye moves across the face of the gemstone under a variety of lighting conditions and as the angle of the stone changes. The last picture shows the detail on the back of the gem.

Rainbow Moonstone has a hardness of 6 - 6.5 on the Mohs scale; as such it should not be cleaned with steam or ultrasonics.

Cat's Eye Rainbow Moonstone marquise cabochon natural gemstone 22 cts

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Overview

  • Materials: cats eye rainbow moonstone, untreated natural gemstone
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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