Chrysoberyl is regarded as a rare and underrated stone. So much in fact that most seller don’t have it in stock. It is the third hardest gem mineral, the original “cat’s eye” and can also change colour.
Despite its name, Chrysoberyl is not a member of the Beryl family, such as Emeralds and Aquamarine. Those are known as aluminium beryllium silicates, on the other hand, chrysoberyl is a beryllium aluminium oxide.
Chrysoberyl is one of the strongest and hardest gemstones you can find. It has a hardness of 8.5. Despite this hardness, it is brittle and breaks with a distinct cleavage in one direction and poorly in two others. Its hardness allows it to survive in deposits with other gemstones and minerals, even after abrasion and chemical weathering.
CARING FOR YOUR CHRYSOBERYL GEMS
Because of their hardness, they are relatively easy to care for. It is sensitive to knocks and extreme heat, but can be machine cleaned, following the instructions of the machine. And, as with most gemstones, warm soapy
water is all it really needs to be cleaned.
CHRYSOBERYL HEALING PROPERTIES AND MYTHOLOGY
Different coloured chrysoberyl have been used for metaphysical healing for centuries, and each colour can help in a different way. For example, green chrysoberyl is known to help cure illness of the heart, specially those caused by stress. Golden chrysoberyl is known for cleaning the liver and helping with liver problems. While Alexandrite helps with head and inner ear problems.
It was also believed throughout Asia, that wearing a chrysoberyl would protect one from the evil eye. In more modern days, it is believed to bring the wearer clarity of mind, keenness of perception and strength, making it indispensable when making important decisions.
Chrysoberyl is a fascinating gemstone, being the purest and original cat’s eye and Alexandrite being able to not only change colour but appear a different hue under different lights. These characteristics alone would make this gemstone incredibly valuable. But considering how rare and desirable it has become, the value of a perfect Chrysoberyl can be worth loads.