Cymophane, or Cat’s Eye, is the chatoyant variety of Chrysoberyl, which contains inclusions of rutile along the parallel axis, creating the appearance of a cat’s eye. Chatoyancy in French literally means “cat’s eye”. One of the most striking attributes of Cymophanes is that, when turning the stone, the “eye” seems to be moving. There are, however, other crystals with similar properties, but these are lower-grade and often called with names of their associated gems, such as “ruby cat’s eye”, or “quartz cat’s eye”. Almost all Cymophanes are cut into cabochons in order to preserve the moving cat’s eye effect.
Cymophanes, or Cat’s Eyes, have long been stones of protection, often being used as talismans to protect the wearer from the “evil eye”. Cat’s Eyes are luck-bringers and yes, protect the user from mishaps and accidents (this author likes to compare it to a cat always landing on its feet! -S. Acone).
Use Cat’s Eye to increase your perceptions of others’ intentions and enhance your own intuition. It is a prosperity stone, often increasing its strength in bringing financial success over time, which is why some people wear the same piece of Cat’s Eye jewelry for many years.
Physically, Cat’s Eye will help with eye disorders and enhance vision, especially at night. It can also regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels and is said to alleviate headaches and mobility issues.