Cat’s Eye Synthesized

Following three years of development, Sumitomo Cement Co. of Tokyo has filed patents for what is thought to be the first synthetic cat’s-eye chrysoberyl.

A beryllium oxide base is dissolved under strictly controlled conditions with a “brilliance-producing additive” at 2000 degrees Celsius to produce a single crystal.

According to a leading Japanese gemologist, the product duplicates the properties of the finest grade of natural cat’s eye chrysoberyl.

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