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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 gemis 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.