Actinolite Cats Eye

Cats Eye Actinolite

Cats-Eye Actinolite


1 Attributes

2 Color

3 Cut

4 Treatments

5 Sources

6 Mythology


Actinolite is a natural gemstone that is most commonly found with a translucent appearance.  Actinolite often displays a rare gemstone phenomena called chatoyancy (cats eye effect).  Chatoyancy is the term for shimmering or silky reflections seen on the surface of a gem.  This effect is created by light reflecting from fibrous inclusions. When these inclusions are parallel to each other and occur in sufficient quality and quantity, and when the Cats Eye Actinolite is cut so as to align them properly, then a single reflection centered on the cabochon dome is formed which is referred to as a cats eye.

Cat Eye                                                    Cats Eye Actinolite 

The prices, uses and value of Cats Eye Actinolite can differ greatly, depending on the size and quality of the  individual gemstone.  AJS Gems is your source for the highest quality colored gems from across the globe, available at Bangkok direct wholesale prices.  Your gorgeous gemstone from AJS Gems is guaranteed to impress when set into any jewelry, be it a bold mans ring, a dainty ladies ring, a pendant necklace or earrings sold as a matched set.  Our loose gemstones are used to create the finest gem stone jewelry - You will positively love setting your loose cut gems into yellow gold, white gold, silver or platinum jewelry.  Discover the thrill of creating that unique top quality Cats Eye Actinolite ring, Cats Eye Actinolite earrings set, Cats Eye Actinolite pendant,  wedding set, or that special Cats Eye Actinolite bracelet necklace set to be given as a gift to the love of your life.  Creating the finest jewelry starts with finding the best gemstones, and the best gemstones are found at AJS Gems.

Why Buy Loose Gemstones Instead of Pre-Set Jewelry?
There are many reasons, but basically it boils down to value and choice.

When buying your gemstone loose instead of a pre-set stone, you can be sure you are getting the best value for your money.  Loose gemstones are less expensive, a better value, and you can really see what you are paying for.  The most important part of getting the right price and finding the best value is to first see what you're getting.  A jewelry setting will hide the inclusions inside a gem, and can deepen or brighten its color.  With a loose stone you can much more easily inspect the gem and see it for what it really is.  In this way you can get a better idea of its true worth and be sure you are paying a fair price.

The second advantage of buying a loose gemstone is choice.  You are free to pick the exact color, cut, shape and variety of the stone for the setting of your dreams, be it yellow gold, white gold, platinum or silver; prong set or bezel set with diamond accents.  You can experience the joy of creating your very own, one-of-a-kind jewelry design. Choose from a variety of jewelry settings and styles to create a completely original presentation that will perfectly suit your individual gemstone and will be as unique as you are! 

We have become one of the world's leading precious and semi-precious loose Cats Eye Actinolite dealers with one of the most extensive selections of Cat's Eye Actinolite.  At AJS Gems, you will find a large collection of Fine Quality Wholesale cut loose Cats Eye Actinolite gemstones to help add beauty and maybe a little extra fun to your life.

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Origin Taiwan and Canada. Also found in Madagascar, Tanzania, and the US.
Color Green, olive green, forest green, yellow green, yellow, white, gray and black.
Refractive Index  1.614 (+ 0.019) - 1.641 (+0.012)
Chemical Composition  Ca2(Mg,Fe)5Si8O22(OH)2
Hardness 5 - 6
Density 3 - 3.2
Crystal Structure Monoclinic

Actinolite is an intermediate member in a solid-solution series between tremolite (Mg-rich) and ferro-actinolite (Fe-rich) amphiboles. As seen from the chemical formula, Mg and Fe ions can be freely exchanged in the crystal structure. Like tremolite, asbestiform actinolite is regulated as asbestos.

Actinolite is a relatively common mineral in some metamorphic rocks. It belongs to a series with the minerals tremolite and ferro-actinolite. A series occurs when ions can freely substitute between each other. In this case, when iron is predominant the mineral is ferro-actinolite and when magnesium is predominant the mineral is tremolite. Actinolite is the intermediate member.

A variety of actinolite is composed of microscopically fibrous crystals (asbestos) and is called byssolite. Other minerals also form asbestos such as serpentine and the minerals of the series mentioned above. Serpentine asbestos is more widely used and of a better grade in general. Although asbestos has been shown to cause cancer in humans when inhaled in high enough concentrations, it still has many valuable applications. Asbestos is used for fire retardant materials and brake shoes and pads. Its prior use as insulation has been all but eliminated due to health concerns.

A variety of actinolite, nephrite, is one of the two minerals called jade. The other jade mineral is jadeite. Jade has been used for eons in China and Central America as an ornamental and religious stone of deep significance. The nephrite jade was used mostly in China, although both have been used in both regions. Nephrite is more abundant than jadeite and has few color varieties, ranging only from creamy white to green.

Chatoyant Cats Eye Actinolite rates as a 5-6 on the mohs scale of hardness and a refractive index of 1.614  - 1.641.  The refractive index (RI), measured using a refractometer, is an indication of the amount light rays are bent by a mineral.  Birefringence is the difference between the minimum and maximum RI. When birefringence is high, light rays reflect off different parts of the back of a stone causing an apparent doubling of the back facets when viewed through the front facet.

Most gems have a crystalline structure. Crystals have planes of symmetry and are divided into seven symmetry systems. The number of axes, their length, and their angle to each other determine the system to which a crystal belongs.  Actinolite Catseye crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system.  Simple actinolite occasionally forms interesting crystal habits and specimens. Crystals can be similar to hornblende, but are always translucent or even transparent. Typically they are prismatic, flattened and elongated. Crystal specimens of actinolite can make very interesting mineral specimens.



Gemstone Color         Gemstone Tone       Gemstone Saturation

The most common colors of Actinolite Cats Eye gemstones are shades of green (olive green, forest green, yellow green), yellow and black.

Colored Gemstone Cut Shape

Loose Cats Eye Actinolite gemstones are always cut as cabochons for it is the only cut that will allow the spectacular cats eye effect (chatoyancy) to be displayed.  When cutting a cabochon, gem cutters will center the cats eye slit so that it bisects the stone.  Many cats eye actinolite gems have been native cut with uneven bottoms, but this is not a sign of haphazard work or poor lapidary skills. Specialists in cutting these gems are great masters at revealing and centering a chatoyant eye, which frequently necessitates such unevenness.

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Loose Cats Eye Actinolite gemstones are not known to be treated.
AJS Gems fully discloses any and all treatments to our gemstones.

Actinolite Cats Eye

Actinolite is commonly found in metamorphic rocks, such as contact aureoles surrounding cooled intrusive igneous rocks. It also occurs as a product of metamorphism of magnesium-rich limestones.

The old mineral name uralite is at times applied to an alteration product of primary pyroxene by a mixture composed largely of actinolite. The metamorphosed gabbro or diabase rock bodies, referred to as epidiorite, contain a considerable amount of this uralitic alteration.

Some forms of asbestos are formed from fibrous actinolite, the fibers being so small that they can enter the lungs and damage the alveoli.
Major sources of cats-eye actinolite are Taiwan and Canada. Other sources are Madagascar, Tanzania, and the US.  Actinolite has been found in the Moonta and Wallaroo mines in Western Australia; Tyrol, Austria, and Bahia, Brazil. In North America, it occurs in Mont Saint Hilaire, Quebec (Canada); Chester, Windsor Co., Vermont; the French Creek Mine, Chester Co., Pennsylvania; Sanford, York Co., Maine; Hopland, Mendocino Co., California; and Pleasanton, Alameda Co., California.
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The name Actinolite is derived from the Greek word, aktinos, meaning "ray" in allusion to actinolite's fibrous nature.
Actinolite is believed to be a stone of healing power. 
Actinolite works on the heart chakra to produce awareness.
Actinolite is very soothing and brings new awareness.





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