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Like the eye of a sleek feline predator, the chrysoberyl cat's eye (the
name 'chrysoberyl' comes from the Greek and means 'gold-colored beryl')
winks at the astonished observer. That's why only this attractive
gemstone has the right to the short, fitting name of "cat's eye". This gem
is really something special with its narrow, bright band of light on a
shimmering golden background, which seems to glide magically across
the surface when the stone is moved.
Scientists have discovered that very fine inclusions, deposited in the
stone, are responsible for this fascinating phenomenon. The incident light
is reflected off them, so that a bright strip of light appears, running
perpendicular to the inclusions, similar to the eye of a feline predator.
When the stone is turned, this strip seems to glide away across the
surface of the stone.
The chrysoberyl, with its hues ranging from honey-colored to mint green,
is a popular gemstone. It is important that the 'eye' has a fine line running
right through it, and that it can be recognised clearly. In particularly good
specimens, it seems to open and close when the stone is turned. Fine
cat's eyes should be of a distinctive color and be as transparent as
possible. The most popular ones are those of a beautiful honey yellow
and those with fine green tones.
Since ancient times, chrysoberyl has been regarded as a gemstone which
protects its wearer and keeps disaster at bay. The cat's eye most of all is
seen as a particularly effective protective stone and talisman. On account
of its golden tones, chrysoberyl is often also associated with wealth.
Discipline and self-control are the qualities mainly associated with
chrysoberyl in modern gemstone therapy. Chrysoberyls are said to
promote concentration and the ability to learn, and to enable the wearer
to think clearly and far-sightedly.