Cat’s Eye

Grounded Wisdom

Stand proud and bow down to no one.

Maintain healthy personal boundaries.

Make wise financial choices and grow rich.

Find a balance that is strong and sustainable.

Let Cat’s Eye inspire greater ease in your daily life.

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Healing Properties of Cat’s Eye (Quartz)

Spiritual: Cat’s Eye is a stone of confidence and balance, and its energy is at once grounding and uplifting.  It helps us to trust ourselves, our natural gifts and our life experiences. Cat’s Eye encourages us to stand proudly in our power and to trust that everything will unfold as it should.  Cat’s Eye gives us patience and strength when life is challenging.  It reminds us to view ourselves as survivors and champions, rather than victims, and to always remember that we contain true greatness within us.  Cat’s Eye helps us to understand that our true spiritual life is not separated from any other part of our life.  Instead they are one and the same, and a wise person acts accordingly.  Cat’s Eye is attuned to the Base and Crown Chakras and Aries, Taurus and Capricorn and the element of wind, and vibrates to the number 6.  

Emotional: Cat’s Eye strengthens our confidence and self-awareness.  It asks us to be more honest with ourselves and others and to calmly communicate our wants and needs.  If someone is treating us badly, Cat’s Eye can help us to walk away from that person without regret.  Cat’s Eye is a wonderful crystal ally for anyone who needs to work on having better emotional boundaries due to the presence of manipulative and/or negative people.  Cat’s Eye will push us to be more protective of ourselves and teaches us that protecting ourselves is one of the ways that we demonstrate self-love and self-care.  Cat’s Eye gently growls in our ear that we deserve to be treated well and that having personal boundaries is both healthy and wise.  However, Cat’s Eye isn’t always so serious.  When we are with a lover, Cat’s Eye can help us to relax and express our sensual side more fully.  Cat’s Eye shows us that we can be sensual and loving, without having to put ourselves in danger.    

Mental: Cat’s Eye energy is exceptionally practical and can be used to help us manage our daily life with more ease.  It helps us to actively deal with problems as they arise and to solve them swiftly and fully. It helps us to be more responsible, at home, at work, and in our relationships.  In particular, Cat’s Eye encourages good business and financial sense.  It helps us to budget, save, and make wise financial decisions which take into account both our present needs and our future desires. Cat’s Eye helps us to to plan for the life we want, and then act correctly so that our dreams come true.

Physical: Cat’s Eye is used by metaphysical healers for general vitality and healing.  It is said to be useful for balancing the body’s biochemistry, and is often used to treat diabetes as well as hormonal and reproductive issues.  Cat’s Eye is also used by yogis to increase flexibility in the spine.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Cat’s Eye (Quartz)

Polished Cat’s Eye Quartz, India

Mineral Family: Tectosilicate

Chemical Composition: SiO2
Cleavage: None
Color: Gray
Crystal System: Hexagonal/Trigonal
Form/Habit:Fibrous
Fracture: Fibrous
Gravity: 2.58-2.64
Hardness: 6.5-7
Luminescence: None
Luster: Silky
Streak: White, yellow-brown
Transparency: Opaque

Location: The name Cat’s Eye is given to any gemstone that displays a narrow chatoyant band or streak that moves across the gemstone when it is shifted side to side.  This particular variety is a Quartz Cat’s Eye.  Deposits of Quartz Cat’s Eye have been found in Australia, Bolivia, India, South Africa, the United States (California and Massachusetts) and Zimbabwe.

Mineral Family: Quartz Cat’s Eye is a rare Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Quartz Cat’s Eye is a semi-precious variety of Quartz that exhibits chatoyancy, or a vertical luminescent band.  Quartz Cat’s Eye is usually gray.

Formation: Quartz Cat’s Eye is formed when Quartz replaces the mineral Crocidolite (blue asbestos). As the Crocidolite decomposes, Iron is exposed and oxidized which transforms it into limonite.  Cat’s Eye is essentially limonite fibers embedded in Quartz.  If the limonite has a distinctly blue coloring, it is called Hawks Eye (or Blue Tigers Eye).  If it’s gray, its called Cat’s Eye.

Mining: Quartz Cat’s Eye is mined in its primary deposits, which are located in metamorphic rock. It is usually mined in an open pit setting, since Limonite is found directly under the soil.  In Australia and South Africa, the purpose of the mine would be to get the find the valuable Hawks Eye, Gold Tigers Eye and Red Tigers Eye.   In smaller Cat’s Eye deposits, the main purpose of a mine would be asbestos and/or Iron.

Enhancements: The name Cat’s Eye is given to any gemstone that displays a narrow chatoyant band or streak that moves across the gemstone when it is shifted side to side.  It is completely natural when found on a stone, enhanced only by the cut and polish.  However the name Cat’s Eye can also be given to any man-made object, including glass and plastic, that demonstrate a similar chatoyant affect.

Synonyms: Occidental Cat’s Eye

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Cat’s Eye

History of Cat’s Eye

Chrysoberyl Cat’s Eye & Diamond Ring

Cat’s Eye is not a specific mineral, but rather a special affect that happens to many different minerals.  A Cat’s Eye is a mineral which when cut and polished, reveals a strong, narrow light which moves from side to side as the mineral is shifted.  This line of light resembles the slit pupil in the eyes of cat’s, hence the name.  The proper scientific name for this line of light is chatoyancy.  Cat’s Eye may sometimes be found on Apatite, Beryl, Chrysoberyl, Moonstone, Opal, Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire and many other stones.  But unless otherwise labeled, most of the “Cat’s Eye” sold on the market is Chrysoberyl.

Chrysoberyl Cat’s Eye was the “original” Cat’s Eye.  The first documented reference to chatoyancy was in 1789 by the German geologist and gifted teacher, Abraham Gottlob Werner (1749-1817).  At the time, Chrysoberyl was called Chrysolite, which is an ancient gem name given to many different kind of green or golden crystals.

When Cat’s Eye is found on Quartz, the name typically refers to a grayish stone with a white chatoyant band.  But when the colors are more striking, such as a bright blue, golden-brown or vivid red color, the stone is elevated from a “cat’s eye” to become a “tigers eye”.

Photos: Cat’s Eye Ring

Ethically Sourced Cat’s Eye

 

The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is clean and short.

The Mine and the Lapidary are in neighboring countries.

 

 

The Mine

This Cat’s Eye most likely comes from an Asbestos mine in Zimbabwe.

The dust hazard levels within the Zimbabwe mines has improved significantly in recent decades.

The current risk level to miners appears to be minimal. 

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary

This Cat’s Eye was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I have been doing business with this source since 2014.  They are the oldest tumbling company in the world and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source.  The company started in California in the 1950s and was eventually bought by a British immigrant who had young sons.  Eventually the company moved to South Africa in order to be closer to the source of their best-selling stone, Gold Tigers Eye, and to have the legal rights to export it.  The company is now run by the sons and their childhood best friend.

The current owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally.  For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners.  The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.  Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin.  For those that aren’t, I ask the owners directly.  As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them.  However, they remain my preferred source for most of the stones I sell from sub-Sahara Africa.

Safe Handling of Cat’s Eye (Quartz)

Cat’s Eye

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural gray Cat’s Eye (Quartz)

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Zimbabwe

Polishing Method: Drum polished, sliced and then drum polished again. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Gray with a subtle white shimmer.  May have minor orange-ish inclusions.
  • Polish: Shiny but not completely smooth. Small pieces of the matrix rock are knocked off during the tumbling process leaving scratches and small cavities.
  • Quality: A
  • Shape: Irregular tumbled shape
  • Size: Average size is 1.25 in / 32 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is .6 oz / 17 g / 85 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

Reviews

  1. Michelle V. (Georgia)

    Ooh, thank you, I’ve never seen a cats eye before!

  2. Karen M. (New York)

    Julie is amazing!! She is extremely knowledgeable kind caring and helpful. She hand pics them for you. Stunning shimmering stones can’t wait to work with!! Thank you so much!

  3. Raekwon M. (Massachusetts)

    This crystal is gorgeous. I like how smooth it’s polishing is. Great work.

  4. Billy A. (Oklahoma)

    Very beautiful piece, excellent service. Thank you!

  5. Carol F. (Alabama)

    The Cat’s Eye is an absolute beauty!

  6. Regina V. (Florida)

    Seller goes out of her way 2 make sure u are happy & you get exactly what u want

  7. Amy N. (Massachusetts)

    Gorgeous stone- very mesmerizing!

  8. Laura McCullough D. (Wisconsin)

    Gorgeous stone- very mesmerizing!

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