Moonstone (rare ''Cat's Eye'' gem)

Gems, 11.97 mm x 9.91 mm, 3.87 ct
Start Time: 12/07/2023 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/14/2023 7:00:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $45

Item Description

Moonstone is not a species, but rather a varietal name given to translucent opalescent Feldspar (typically Microcline or rarely Orthoclase). Typically the stones are polished in cabochons, but every once in a while they will show a rare "cat's eye" effect. We haven't had many of these to offer in recent years, - we had some about 15 years ago, and then nothing for a long time - but this is one of the very few we've had to offer in the auctions. This stone is a lovely "Oval Cabochon" cut gem that shows a distinct "eye" (best seen with a singular concentrated light source) running the length of the gem. When it is viewed in reflected light, the surface of the stone exhibits a slight "sheen". This is a very attractive and hard to find Moonstone that I would say is desirable among collectors.

From the old inventory of Ray Zajicek, a respected wholesaler and founding member of AGTA and the International Colored Gemstone Association, with decades of experience in the gem and jewelry business.  Ray has won more than a dozen Spectrum & Cutting Edge Awards (TM).

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$45 12/14/2023 12:47:25 am (CST)
$40 12/14/2023 12:47:24 am (CST)
$35 12/14/2023 12:47:08 am (CST)
$30 12/14/2023 12:47:08 am (CST)
$25 12/13/2023 10:06:41 pm (CST)
$20 * 12/13/2023 8:36:04 pm (CST)
$20 * 12/13/2023 8:36:04 pm (CST)
$15 12/11/2023 12:58:36 pm (CST)
$10 12/10/2023 7:58:34 pm (CST)
* Proxy Bid Battle: In the event of two customers inputting matching proxy bids, the leading bid goes to the earliest of the two proxy bids. Tie winners are shown in bold.