Cat's Eye

Vintage Gold Ring with Tourmaline Cat's Eye & Diamonds, circa 1980

When gemstones are referred to as "cat's eye", this describes a rare effect that is called "chatoyance" in technical terminology. Tourmaline is one of the most precious gemstones that can develop a chatoyance. Its cat's eye effect is created by hollow channels running parallel in the mineral, or a fibrous texture, which refract light on the surface of the gemstone in such a way that the reflection is reminiscent of a cat's pupil. The resulting luminous strip of light glides back and forth across the surfaces of the gemstones as they are moved. We see a particularly beautiful tourmaline cat's eye in this ring from the last years of the last century. The large gemstone, cut into an oval cabochon, shows off a beautiful green coloration that appears dark on the sides and brightens in a wide stripe due to the cat's eye effect. With every movement, the 5.02 ct gemstone shows shimmering light reflections. A wreath of twenty white brilliant-cut diamonds frames the center stone, providing it with their white fire. The ring itself is forged from high-carat yellow gold and presents itself in a no-frills form that provides an ideal stage for the gemstones. The ring, which came to us from Saarbrücken, is beautifully preserved and inspires with its precious materials and noble design.

Tourmaline is a gemstone that is able to captivate almost all gemstone lovers with its diverse play of colors. From blue to yellow, pink and green, almost all colors occur. Its wonderful radiance has made tourmaline one of the most highly valued gemstones since time immemorial. The name tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word thuramali ("තුරමලි") or thoramalli ("තෝරමල්ලි"), which was commonly used for colorful gemstones found in Sri Lanka. For Europe the name was first recorded in writing in 1707, or in 1711 under the name Chrysolithus Turmale. Larger quantities have only been exported from Sri Lanka to Europe since the middle of the 18th century. At that time, the Dutch East India Company practically held a trade monopoly for tourmalines.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.