Rare, Cat's Eye Topazolite Garnet Cabochon, 49.60 carats

Product Code: ceg89

Stock Level: 1

Price: $9,919.99

Cat's Eye Topazolite, a variety of Andradite Garnet

49.60 cts., 21.50 mm x 17.40 mm x 12.60 mm

Oval shape with flat bottom.

This is the largest available in todays market. 

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Cat's Eye Topazolite, is a variety of Andradite Garnet.

These chatoyant Topazolite garnet are a single source stone, only found in the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA), San Benito County, California. 

This is the only known Cat's Eye Andradite / Topazolite deposit in the world.

These cat's eye garnet have strong eyes and even the bottom of the cabs that have been polished flat for mounting, still also show strong chatoyancy.

Although original discovery was said to be some 70 years ago, not much has ever been on the market, making it a very rare collectors gem. 

Not only is this rare garnet chatoyant, but is also color shifts in different lighting from a brown and golden yellow to look more green and golden yellow.

This green color in some light, may have led to some calling them demantoid at times.

G.I.A. did a paper on these amazing stones some years back, and as of that date stated this was the only known source and to date no other has been discovered.

Although similar material has been found in a few locales including Iran, these new locales have been confirmed to be demantoid and not topazolite.

As previously stated, this is the largest known currently in the market. I am not saying it is the largest ever turned into a gem, but it is the largest you will currently be able to find. The amount of any rough available is very small due to this small deposit, but even more rare is large size rough of this material. Most pieces recovered are very small, making this beauty a monster.