Definition of chatoyant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʃəˈtɔɪənt/


(Of a gem, especially when cut en cabochon) showing a band of bright lustre caused by reflection from inclusions in the stone.
Example sentences
  • Cuts must be exactly parallel to the length of the fibers to get the full chatoyant effect.
  • Unlike most chatoyant malachite, this material is hard and doesn't fall apart when worked.
  • The future availability of chatoyant demantoid in not known.



Example sentences
  • Pieces showing an unusual crystal habit, distinctive pattern, or chatoyance, will have higher values.
  • The cause of its chatoyance can be embedded fibers of asbestos, as well as actinolite fibers.
  • The chatoyance is so bright in the best examples it makes it very difficult to get good pictures.


Example sentences
  • It is commonly fashioned into cabochons which is a cut that maximizes the chatoyancy of the mineral.
  • The enamel has incredible luster and chatoyancy with an overall hue of dark metallic golden bronze.
  • They discovered that embedded within the rippling chatoyancy lies a record of the tectonic movements that shaped the Earth.


Late 18th century: French, present participle of chatoyer 'to shimmer'.

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