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Unveiling the Mystique of Chrysoberyl: A Gemstone Marvel

Christine Reeves

Hey there, gem aficionados! Today, I'm taking a deep dive into the enchanting world of Chrysoberyl – a mineral with more than a few tricks up its sleeve. Chrysoberyl isn't just your run-of-the-mill gem; it's a mineral that flaunts three different varieties, two of which are hailed as some of the rarest and most valuable gems out there.

The OG Chrysoberyl, as we know it, comes in shades of yellowish-green, brownish-yellow, or even goes full-blown transparent to translucent. While it's not always the star of the jewellery show, it's a collector's dream, thanks to its unique characteristics that make it ideal for faceting into gems. But here's where it gets interesting – when Chrysoberyl decides to play with colours, we call it Alexandrite, and when it winks at you with a cat's eye effect, it earns the title of Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl. Talk about versatility!

Chrysoberyl isn't just a pretty face; it's among the brightest gems out there, with a hardness that can rival even Diamonds and corundum. Made of beryllium aluminium oxide, it's a gem with a backbone, often showing off in transparent tones of yellow and green.

But wait, there's more! Cat's eye Chrysoberyl has a history as rich as its hue. It's said that in the symbolic necklace of Vishnu, a green cat-eye Chrysoberyl represented the magnetic centre of human passion. And let's not forget its popularity in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, where it adorned jewels fit for royalty.

Formed nearly 250 million years ago but discovered only in 1789, Chrysoberyl got its name from a fusion of Greek words – "chrysos," meaning "golden," and "beryllos," meaning "gem crystal." Talk about a gem with a legacy! Its extreme hardness gives it a lustre that shines brighter than your average Peridot, and its hues can rival even the most vibrant hi-vis jacket.

Now, here's where things get really interesting – some believe that Chrysoberyl holds mystical powers, aiding the wearer in gaining self-confidence and even treating serious illnesses when paired with the right gemstone. 

So, there you have it, darlings – the captivating tale of Chrysoberyl, a gemstone marvel that's as rare as it is mesmerizing. Ready to add a touch of mystique to your jewellery collection? I only have one piece of Chrysoberyl bling, and it's a showstopper. Let's make some magic happen! ✨

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