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Our Cat's-eye Quartz Lapidary Rough is 100% Natural with no treatments of any kind!
The cat's eye effect in our natural cats eye quartz lapidary rough is due to the presence of fibrous mineral inclusions or tubelike cavities in parallel orientation within the quartz. These parallel oriented features reflect light at certain angles causing the formation of a brighter zone which moves across the surface of the material as it is turned. When fashioned with a rounded surface or cabochon shape, this cat's eye effect becomes more well defined and more easily visible.
Our cats eye quartz lapidary rough yields unique carvings, beads, spheres, and cabochon gems exhibiting a broad somewhat diffuse natural chatoyancy. In the USA, it is most often known as silver cats eye quartz, and in asia the beads and cabochons of this chatoyant quartz are popularly known as toad's eye because of this material's diffuse natural chatoyancy.
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We have many different kinds of 100% natural lapidary rough materials available. See also our pages displaying natural color blue aventurine quartz lapidary rough & amazonite lapidary rough.
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