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How to identify cat's eye gemstone?

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sumitraizada966's picture
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How to identify cat's eye gemstone?

Apart from testing in lab with gemological instruments, Is there any other way to identify whether cat's eye gemstone is real or fake?

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Joined: 12/25/2014
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Use a white light torch and when you face light on top of the stone then you will see a vertical line and when you move stone slowly from right to left or left to right then that line moves also.

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Joined: 01/12/2009
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Cat's eye effect only comes in cabochon gemstones of certain varites. There are many fake (man-made glass) cat's eye stone in the market/trade which can easily be identified with "honeycomb effect". When seen through microscope or 10x lens at the gridle (just where the semi-dome ends) of a stone, if it resembles honeycomb effect, then the stone is a fake (glass) stone.