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66.88ct Baguette Cabochon Multicolor Jasper from India, Dimension 31.7 x 25.4mm, Natural untreated Gemstone, Opaque Clarity, 1 piece Jasper in Multicolor Color, Mohs Hardness of 6.5 - 7 suitable for daily wear jewelry
14.3 x 12.3mm Oval Green Actinolite Cat's Eye from United States, Weight of 7.84ct, Natural untreated Gemstone in Translucent Clarity, 1pc Oval Cabochon Actinolite Cat's Eye - Color: Brownish Green, Mohs Hardness of 5.5 - 6
37.8 x 32.3mm Cushion Cabochon Multicolor Jasper from India, Weight of 64.5ct, Natural untreated Gemstone in Opaque Clarity, 1pc Jasper - Color: Multicolor, Mohs Hardness of 6.5 - 7 suitable for daily wear jewelry
27.6 x 21.2mm Fancy Multicolor Ammolite from Canada, Weight of 25.47ct, Natural assembled Gemstone in Opaque Clarity, 1pc Fancy Cabochon Ammolite - Color: Multicolor, Mohs Hardness of 4
38 x 25.2mm Oval Cabochon Turquoise Larimar from Dominican Republic, Weight of 53.89ct, Natural untreated Gemstone in Opaque Clarity, 1pc Larimar - Color: Light Blue Green, Mohs Hardness of 4.5 - 5
Matching Pair of 24.7 x 16.9mm Pear Cabochon Gray Hematite, Weight of 79.12ct total / avg. 39.56ct each, Matching Hematite Pair in Opaque Clarity in Medium Grey Color, Natural untreated gemstone, Mohs Hardness 5.5 - 6.5
29.1 x 24mm Oval Cabochon Red Star Garnet from India, Weight of 92.68ct, Natural untreated Gemstone in Opaque Clarity, 1pc Star Garnet - Color: Dark Red, Mohs Hardness of 6.5 - 7.5 suitable for daily wear jewelry
38.5 x 28.2mm Pear Cabochon Green Amazonite from Madagascar, Weight of 68.05ct, Natural untreated Gemstone in Opaque Clarity, 1pc Amazonite - Color: Cool Green, Mohs Hardness of 6 - 6.5
54.1 x 38.7mm Pear White Howlite from United States, Weight of 117.48ct, Natural untreated Gemstone in Opaque Clarity, 1pc Pear Cabochon Howlite - Color: Multicolor White, Mohs Hardness of 3 - 3.5
26.5 x 16.6mm Fancy Multicolor Ammolite from Canada, Weight of 22.3ct, Natural assembled Gemstone in Opaque Clarity, 1pc Fancy Cabochon Ammolite - Color: Multicolor, Mohs Hardness of 4
20.4 x 19.1mm Matching Heart Hematite Pair - Weight 46.25ct total / avg. 23.13ct each, Black Gray Color in Opaque Clarity, Natural untreated Gemstone, Mohs Hardness 5.5 - 6.5
21.6 x 9.1mm Marquise Pink Morganite from Afghanistan, Weight of 7.86ct, Natural untreated Gemstone in Transparent Clarity, 1pc Carved Marquise Morganite - Color: Coral Pink, Mohs Hardness of 7.5 - 8 suitable for daily wear jewelry
2pc Matching Round Hematites in Size 20.1mm, Weight 64.57ct total / avg. 32.29ct each, Black Gray in Opaque Clarity, Natural untreated gemstone, Mohs Hardness 5.5 - 6.5
14.8 x 12.9mm Oval Cabochon Green Actinolite Cat's Eye from United States, Weight of 8.87ct, Natural untreated Gemstone in Translucent Clarity, 1pc Actinolite Cat's Eye - Color: Army Green, Mohs Hardness of 5.5 - 6
2.51ct Oval Cabochon White Sillimanite Cat's Eye from Madagascar, Dimension 7.9 x 7.1mm, Natural untreated Gemstone, Translucent Clarity, 1 piece Sillimanite Cat's Eye in Warm White Color, Mohs Hardness of 6.5 - 7.5 suitable for daily wear jewelry
29.4 x 27.6mm Trillion Cabochon Blue Larimar from Dominican Republic, Weight of 32.32ct, Natural untreated Gemstone in Opaque Clarity, 1pc Larimar - Color: Baby Blue, Mohs Hardness of 4.5 - 5
59.18ct Baguette Multicolor Jasper from India, Dimension 32.9 x 21.4mm, Natural untreated Gemstone, Opaque Clarity, 1pc Tapered Baguette Cabochon Jasper, Mohs Hardness of 6.5 - 7 suitable for daily wear jewelry
55.7mm Round Cabochon Multicolor Jasper from Indonesia, Weight of 205.8ct, Natural untreated gemstone in Opaque Clarity, 1pc Jasper - the Color is Multicolor, Mohs Hardness of 6.5 - 7 suitable for daily wear jewelry
24.6 x 15.8mm Matching Oval Fossil Coral Pair - Weight 44.76ct total / avg. 22.38ct each, Natural untreated Gemstone, Multicolor Color in Opaque Clarity, Mohs Hardness 6.5 - 7 suitable for daily wear jewelry
17.5 x 14.1mm Oval Cabochon Green Actinolite Cat's Eye from United States, Weight of 11.42ct, Natural untreated gemstone in Translucent Clarity, 1pc Actinolite Cat's Eye - the Color is Earthy Green, Mohs Hardness of 5.5 - 6
What is a Cabochon Gemstone?
A cabochon is a gemstone which has been polished into a domed shape with a flat bottom. The name cabochon comes from the French word, 'caboche' which means knob, head or small dome. Before the technique of faceting gemstones evolved, pretty much all gemstones were cabochons.
Are there different types of Cabochon Gemstones?
Cabochons have rounded tops and flat bottoms but within these limits there are quite a few variations. The simplest differences are in the height of the dome with some gemstones having a flatter style with a shallow dome and others having a high or deeper dome.
Other terms used can include:
- Bullet Cabochon - tall cabochon that resembles a bullet
- Hollow Cabochon - the bottom of the cabochon is concave
- Flat Cut Cabochon - a very low dome
- Double Cabochon - has a dome shape at the bottom of the gemstone as well as the top
- Reverse Cabochon - a regular cabochon shape but with concave impression at the top
In addition, there is what we sometimes called mixed-cut gemstones which have a combination of facet and cabochon styles. For example the buff-top has a domed cabochon top but a faceted lower half or pavilion. In reverse, we have the rose-cut which has flat unfaceted bottom and a simply faceted domed top - often used for black spinels and tourmalines.
What Cabochon Gemstone shapes are available?
The vast majority of cabochon gemstones have oval or elliptical shapes. This shape is very popular as it is well-suited to pendants, brooches, necklaces and earrings and also because minor imbalances are not easily detected in oval shapes.
Round shapes are also very popular - especially for rings - as well as pear, cushion, square and baguettes.
Certain gemstones such as ammolites, fire agates, rutile quartzes and boulder opals are often found in irregular or fancy shapes to maximize the splashes of color that can be found on the surface.
What is Cabochon Gemstone clarity?
Gemstones that are opaque or translucent tend to be cut as cabochons.
Cabochons feature highly polished domes which emphasize the depth of color or display visual phenomena such as star effects, cat's eyes, play-of-color and iridescence rather than clarity.
The smooth domes are also a much better surface to reveal a gemstone's luster, fascinating patterns or intriguing inclusions.
Which gem types are available as Cabochon Gemstones?
There are a several types of gemstones which are nearly always cut or shaped into cabochons.
First, there are single colored gemstones which are either opaque or at best translucent. They look much better as cabochons than faceted gemstones:
- Green Agate
- Orange Agate
Some top grade gemstones which are usually famed for their clarity and color can also be found with the same rich hues but in semitransparent versions which look fantastic as cabochons:
Then we have opaque gemstones that are notable for their interesting swirls, colorful patches and wavy lines which can only look good as cabochons:
- Tiger's Eye
There are also a number of cabochon gemstones which exhibit a variety of optical phenomena:
- Asterism - Star Sapphire, Star Ruby, Star Diopside
- Chatoyancy - Cat's Eye Scapolite, Cat's Eye Aquamarine, Cat's Eye Apatite
- Iridescence - Opals, Ammolite, Spectrolite
Gemstones are rated for their hardness with the most durable being the diamond at 10 out of 10. Some gemstones considered 'soft' are cut as cabochons to avoid edges and corners that can be chipped or planes than can become dull over time.
What Colors are available as Cabochon Gemstones?
Gemstone cabochons can be found in every color possible in the mineral kingdom, in fact part of the reason for the continuing popularity of cabochons is the way they can really show off the depth of color in a way that faceted gemstones occasionally cannot.
Rich reds, deep purples, vivid violets, bright blues and fiery oranges look particularly good as cabochons.
How much are Cabochon Gemstones?
In general, cabochon gemstones are less expensive than faceted gemstones. There are a number of reasons for this.
Firstly the most common gemstones used for cabochons are opaque and they are less expensive than clear colored stones. Top grade gemstones that are less than 'eye-clean' may not be valued as high as flawless gems but make beautiful cabochons.
In addition, the physical work involved in shaping and polishing a cabochon is less time consuming and technically skilled than a faceted gemstone and there tends to be a lot less wasted material, too.
There are a few exceptions, of course, with boulder opals and ammolite gemstones being amongst the most valuable examples.
Cabochon Gemstone Treatments
By their very nature as simply shaped and polished, cabochon gemstones are less likely to be treated than faceted gemstones. Gemstones often undergo processes such as heat or irradiation to improve clarity and color but as cabochons are usually opaque or translucent this is not such an important issue.
Similarly, the cat's eye and star effect cabochons are not enhanced by any treatment, in fact quite the opposite is true.
Some cabochons can be dyed or fracture filled and opals and ammolites, for example, can be assembled or mounted onto supportive backings for stability.
We will always disclose any cabochon gemstone treatments clearly on our product pages.
What are the spiritual benefits of Cabochon Gemstones?
Cabochons will have all the spiritual benefits of whichever gemstone they happen to be - please take a look at our articles on gemstone healing for more information:
The cabochon shape does give these gemstones a much more tactile spiritual connection - they feel so much better in your hand than a faceted stone - when used as a touchstone, meditation aid or for placing on the body for Chakra healing.
Are there any famous Cabochon Gemstones?
Yes, for hundreds of years all gemstones were cabochons, so some of the most famous items of jewelry from history were made from cabochon gemstones, including:
- Black Prince's Ruby - actually a red spinel, part of the Crown Jewels of England
- The Virgin Rainbow - world's most expensive opal
- The Neelanjali Star Ruby - A 12 point double star weighing 1370 carats.
- Henckel von Donnersmarck's Emerald and Diamond Tiara - A tiara made of 11 Colombian emerald pear-shaped drops
- Black Star of Queensland - the largest gem-quality star sapphire in the world at 733 carats.
- The Star of Asia - A famous light blue 330 carat Burmese sapphire beauty.
- The Star of India - A flawless 563 carat blue star sapphire with a double sided star.
What jewelry are Cabochon Gemstones suitable for?
Cabochon gemstones can be used in all types of jewelry from rings and bracelets to necklaces and brooches and can make especially eye-catching pendants and earrings.
With their very traditional look, cabochons gemstones are great for retro, tribal, bohemian and men's jewelry.
How to use Cabochon Gemstones
Cabochon gemstones can be used in just the same way as any type of gemstone:
- Crystal Healing
- Home Decoration
- Chakra Balancing
- Positive Energy
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