Chrysoberyl is a rare stone first discovered in 1789. Chrysoberyl cat's eye is a gemstone quality variety which display a rare optical trait known as 'chatoyancy'. Chatoyancy is the unique ability to reflect light in a way that resembles the slit eye of a cat, hence the name 'cat's eye'. Chrysoberyl, cymophane minerals, forming a light-green specimen with a silky band of light extending across the surface of the stone are considered the 'original' cat's eye gem. These stunning pieces such as this brooch are Victorian in origin and typically display the stones in cabochon and oval cuts to accentuate the cat's eye effect. Tiny genuine seed pearls compliment the stones and are displayed top and bottom in between each chrysoberyl.
Beautifully designed rare sickle brooch measuring 1 1/2 inches in length
including the handle. This is an antique piece and unmarked tested
silver. Tested stones are genuine cats eye chrysoberyl cabochons of
approximately 2ct total weight with tiny genuine seed pearls set in
pairs between the chrysoberyl stones. The piece is intact in its original
condition with an old c-clasp in good working condition. Very collectible
and very wearable. Circa late 1800's to early 1900's.
Antique Chrysoberyl and Seed Pearl Brooch