A hard, important gem mineral, of which alexandrite and cymophane are two varieties. Occasionally a greenish chatoyancy can be seen which was formerly known as cymophane, but is now called chrysoberyl cat's eye, or oriental cat's eye, when cut en cabochon
There are four major methods of changing the colors of gemstones. These are surface painting or foiling the back, oiling, coating, impregnating, staining of porous stones, heat treatment, and irradiation by particles of atomic size and X-rays. The color c
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