Other Names: Chrysolite
Origin of Name: Greek “chryso” meaning gold, and beryl
Meaning of the Stone: Gemini starsign
Family: Oxide Mineral
Region: Sri Lanka,India,China,Madagascar,Zimbabwe, Brazil,USA,
Color: colorless, yellow,gold,green,brown,golden-brown
Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven
Hardness (Gravity): 8.5( 3.68-3.80)
Crystal System: orthorhombic
Similar Minerals: alexandrite,cymophane
1. Legend and History:
Chrysoberyl received its name from its color, as chryso means gold in Greek, therefore, as gold variety of Beryl.
It is believed to hold great soothing powers, and the yellow variety of this gemstone is used to heal spasms of the stomach; It was considered in the past to be a gemstone which protects it’s wearer from any disastrous situation, but also promote concentration and the ability to learn and enable clear thinking.
Chrysoberyl cats eye in particular is said to have all the aforementioned attributes, yet even further enhanced as it is one of the most beautiful gemstones naturally produced.
2. Origin in nature and use:
Chrysoberyl is the third hardest natural gemstone at 8.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness; it occurs as a result of pegmatitic processes.
Chrysoberyl and cymophane are both gemstones which have been known for many years, mainly in the mines of Ratnapura in Sri Lanka. Colorless Chrysoberyl stones are more easily found in the region of Mogok, Burma, but also China.
One of the most fascinating Chrysoberyl gemstones ever found however was in Sri Lanka, weighing 475 carats, belonging to the British Imperial Treasure. It is a relatively hard gemstone which is found in a range of colors, and thus is able to be used in the creation of jewelry and ornaments, as it is fairly easily cut in to various shapes and sizes.
4. Interesting Facts:
In the past, Chrysoberyl was considered to be mere beryl, and was used for simple jewelry.
5. Care and Storing:
As Chrysoberyl is one of the hardest natural gemstones, storage and cleaning of this stone is relatively easy, but it must however be stored away from softer gemstones in order not to damage them.