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Cat's Eye Moonstone

Moonstones are very popular and historical gemstones with a very distinctive appearance where a glow or shimmer seems to float above the surface of the gemstone - a phenomenon known as adularescence.

Very rarely this phenomenon combines with the equally alluring cat's eye effect and produces a truly spectral gemstone.

Cat's Eye Moonstone Colors

Cat's Eye Moonstones come in a variety of delicate colors - white or colorless, cream, gray, yellow and orange are the most common. While the color is very important, of course, it is the surface sheen or shimmer plus the characteristic 'eye' that makes this stone.

Read more about gemstones colors here

Cat's Eye Moonstone Species

Cat's Eye Moonstones are a type of feldspar in which two feldspar minerals, orthoclase and albite, mix together in layers as they form. This layering scatters light as it enters the stone and produces the famous glow.

The Cat's Eye effect is caused by thin needle-like inclusions within the stone which also catch and interfere with light as it enters the Moonstone and creates the sharp 'pupil' that we see on good examples.

What are the spiritual benefits of Cat's Eye Moonstone?

Cat's Eye Moonstones will possess all the innate powers that all moonstones have. With their otherworldly looks it is no wonder that they have built up quite a reputation for spiritual strength over the centuries.

Benefits include:

  • Increases Intuition
  • Inspires Creativity
  • Encourages Nurture
  • Brings Unconditional Love

See our detailed article on gemstone meaning and uses

Cat's Eye Moonstone and the Chakras

The dominant color of the Cat's Eye Moonstone will link it to a particular chakra. Cat's Eye Moonstones are often clear or colorless and this makes it an ideal stone for the upper Chakras that deal with the powers of the mind such as intuition and concentration - especially the Crown Chakra.

Cat's Eye Moonstones with a yellow hue will be great for the Solar Plexus Chakra while hints of blue will link it to the Throat Chakra.

Find more details on Chakra gemstones here

Cat's Eye Moonstone Price

Most gemstones are valued on their color but with Cat's Eye Moonstones there are a couple of more important factors when it comes to price.

Before the color is taken into consideration the Cat's Eye Moonstone must show a sharp 'eye' which should be as centered as possible with a nice even movement as the gemstone is turned.

Then the Cat's Eye Moonstone must have the distinguishing gleam known as adularescence that floats like an aura about the stone.

Most moonstones are cut to be around 5 to 10 carats in weight as this size shows off the glow and the eye at their best and is also a convenient size for jewelry items. The price per carat does not change as the stone gets larger.

After this the color is a matter of personal taste although any with a blue sheen will be much prized. The price per carat can vary considerably according to the above criteria but should fall between $3 and $50 per carat no matter the size.

For more details please refer to our full Moonstone Info page here

Cat's Eye Moonstone Treatments

Cat's Eye Moonstones are an all-natural untreated gemstone.

Cat's Eye Moonstone History

Cat's Eye Moonstones have a long and illustrious history which dates back to the ancient Romans and Greeks who thought they were created by frozen moonbeams.

The Indians, who know a thing or two about gemstones, have long thought of Moonstones as a sacred gemstone, precious to lovers and travelers and only displayed for sale on a yellow cloth.

Where are Cat's Eye Moonstones found?

The best Cat's Eye Moonstones are famously found in India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar as well as Brazil, Madagascar, Australia and the US.

What jewelry is Cat's Eye Moonstone suitable for?

Cat's Eye Moonstones are rated at 6 - 6.5 on Mohs hardness scale making them durable enough for most types of jewelry items. Rings may need protective settings but as they are always cut as cabochons with rounded tops and flat bottoms there are no sharp edges or corners to chip.

Cat's Eye Moonstones can be found in both matching pairs and in lots so matching jewelry sets are an option too.

Birthstones and Anniversaries

Cat's Eye Moonstones are one of the official birthstones for June

Cat's Eye Moonstones can be used to celebrate the 13th wedding anniversary.

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