I re-polished this 19 carat fine quality Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl
One of the top gem dealers in the country sent me this high quality Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl which had several chips and scratches in the surface. He didn't want to sell it in that condition.
He asked me to re-surface the stone to remove the chips and scratches and at the same time to remove any irregularities in the surface and shape in order to make it a very nicely shaped cabochon. And of course, to do this while removing a minimum amount of weight. This is always a goal of mine.
When I received the stone it weighed 19.57 carats. When I finished, it weighed 19.07 carats. I was pleased that it lost only .50 ct considering the depth of the pits and scratches on a stone of that size.
The dealer estimated the value of this stone to be appx. $25,000.
Below, you will see photos and description of the process of re-polishing this gemstone.