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Men's Ring Rare Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl is Acid Green 11.5 Carat and 22 Karat Gold

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Here's one for the collector of the connoisseur: A large acid green chrysoberyl cat's eye displaying a sharp vertical "eye" and excellent Chatoyancy, set into a very thick and heavy 22-karat pure gold ring weighing 29 grams. This ring was handmade in San Francisco in the mid-2000s. I purchased it new when I was on a book tour. Chrysoberyl cat's eyes are one of the rarest gemstones on the planet and the "ideal" color is called "milk and honey," where honey is the base color and milk represents the line—the chatoyancy—that slides across the ring. Never have I encountered a Chrysoberyl Cat's eye in this vivid acid green color. It's completely natural so I have no idea what was going on with Mother Nature the day she created this electrifying stone. Chrysoberyl is a tough, durable gem, right up there next to sapphire. But much rarer. Chrysoberyl cat's eyes are normally subdued gems; sophisticated, not flashy. I mean, their ideal color is basically golden-brown. This chrysoberyl cat's eye ring *is* flashy. It is beyond flashy in the sun or under stage lights. And nobody will have the vaguest idea what on earth it is because almost nobody has even heard of Chrysoberyl cat's eye, let alone seen one in acid green. Measured in the setting, the chrysoberyl gem measures approximately 13.53 mm x 10. 33 with a depth of 8.1 mm for a total carat weight of just over 11.5 carats. Big. This ring feels wonderful on the hand, the way a man's ring ought to feel: weighty, significant, luxurious. I have loved antique and vintage jewelry all my life. This is only one of a handful of rings I have purchased new. It just blew me away. And it will blow you away. What a distinctive statement piece this is. Opulent and extraordinarily rare yet completely unique and cool. Once it's on your finger, you never have to take it off. Sure, 22K gold is "soft" compared to 18K or 14K, but not when it's as thick as this. Swim, climb rocks, fix the deck, play live at the Grammy Awards; this is a ring that becomes a part of you. Currently a size 9.75, it could be resized by a good jeweler. If Simon & Garfunkle's "Sound of Silence" is a classic, midcentury Chrysoberyl ring, this one is the cover by "Disturbed." Go listen to it on Youtube and you'll get what I mean. Visit thebluepaisleyfox on Instagram to see a video of this ring.

Details

  • Metal
  • Stone
    Chrysoberyl
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Excellent condition. A soft patina to the gold which could be burnished or buffed to new.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 0.68 in. x W 0.95 in. x D 1.16 in.H 17.13 mm x W 24.00 mm x D 29.41 mm
  • Length
    1.16 in. (29.41 mm)
  • Weight
    29 g
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158916751041
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