In astrology, the Cat’s Eye gemstone holds a very significant place in reducing the ill-effect of the Ketu Graha. The gemstone belongs to beryl family of the minerals, which has a hardness of around 8.5 when measured on the Moh’s Scale. The specific gravity of this gemstone is in between 3.5 to 3.85, which is biaxial in nature.
Chrysoberyl, which is another name of the Cat’s Eye gemstone, is termed as Vaidurya and Lehsunia in Sanskrit and Hindi respectively. The effect on the cat’s eye is given to this gemstone by cabochon cutting of beryl mineral that helps it creating the tiny microscopic strands that run parallel to each other, which gives an impression of rotation when the comes in contact or exposure to the direct light and that is the main reason why it is referred as the Cat’s Eye gemstone otherwise the actual name of the stone is Chrysoberyl.
Care & Cleaning
Clean with a soft polishing cloth, plain water rinse mild solution of soap & water or commercial jewelry cleaner as they can damage the cat’s eye. Do not soak. Also avoid sudden temperature changes.
Some Qualities of a Good Cat’s-Eye:
- Brilliance of chatoyance.
- High specific gravity – heavier than average stone of the same size.
- Having three streaks of light, similar to the sacred thread worn by Brahmins in
- Straightness of the chatoyance.