Cat’s eye, or cymophane, is a translucent yellowish chrysoberyl that exhibits chatoyancy, a luminous streak of reflected light that’s perpendicular to the direction of the fibers. This is brought about by many parallel, featherlike fluid inclusions or needle-like inclusions of rutile. The most sought after is the milk and honey variety. It’s a honey-colored stone with a milky white light.
When the stone is cut to produce a cabochon, the mineral becomes a light-green.
Both words, chrysoberyl and cymophane, have Greek origins. Chryso is the Greek word for gold. Cymophane is derived from the Greek words for wave and appearance.
This stone is not related to beryl even though it sounds like it should be, nor is it tiger’s eye which is quartz.
History and Lore
- Cat’s eye became popular towards the end of the Victorian era when the Duke of Connaught gave a cat’s eye ring as an engagement token.
Famous Cat’s Eye Gems
- The Eye of The Lion: world’s largest cut cat’s eye, 465 carot dark, greenish-yellow oval cabochon from Sri Lanka
- Maharani Cat’s Eye: a 58.19 carot honey colored gem with a sharp bank of light
Magical and Mystical Properties of include
- helping eyesight and eye related injuries
- calming the nervous system
- relieving joint pain
- relieving bronchitis and asthma
- relieving migraines and headaches
- relieving depression
- strengthening bones
- warding off the evil eye
- warding off black magic
- aiding with intuition and awareness
- aiding in good judgment
- bringing good luck
- placed by the bed it will keep nightmares away
Cat’s eye should be worn frequently for the most effect.
Discharging & Recharging
Discharge cat’s eye after being used for healing by running water over the stone. Recharge by placing it in the sun for 30 minutes. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)
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