A variety of Chrysoberyl, Cymophane differs in its appearance in that it features chatoyancy (cats eye effect).
Unlike cats eye seen in other gem varieties, the effect seen in Cymophane can often be wavy. Just like its sister Alexandrite, Cymophane is a real collector’s gemstone and because of its chatoyancy Cymophane is always cabochon cut.
The gem is yellow to green in appearance and at 8 to 8.5 on the Mohs scale, it can be worn everyday. Cymophane shares the same folklore and legends as Chrysoberyl. When found with colour change characteristics, it is renamed Alexandrite