Precious, or oriental, cat’s-eye, the rarest and most highly prized, is a greenish chatoyant variety of chrysoberyl called cymophane; the chatoyant effect is due to minute parallel cavities.
Cat’s Eye describes a gemstone polished into a that displays a narrow band of concentrated light going accross the width of the stone. This effect, known as or , is caused by of fine, slender parallel mineral in the gemstone that reflect light in a single band. Of all the gemstones that exhibit cat’s eye, Cat’s Eye is the best known. Chrysoberyl has the strongest and most distinct cat’s eye effect of all gemstones. Though several different gemstones types exhibit a cat’s eye effect, only Chrysoberyl’s cat’s eye enjoys the privilege of having the name “Cat’s Eye” without any prefix. Whenever the term “Cat’s Eye” is used, it refers to Chrysoberyl cat’s eye by default, unless otherwise specified.