Chrysoberyl

The extremely rare colour-change gem Alexandrite is a Chromium rich variety of Chrysoberyl. Despite the naming similarity, and the presence of Beryllium, it is not a variety of the more commonly known Beryl crystal, who's colour variants include Aquamarine, Emerald and Morganite. It has a very high specific gravity, making it an extremely heavy crystal for its size. Chatoyant Chrysoberyl is the gemstone which is most commonly given the name of Cat's Eye, due to the presence of tiny fibres within the crystal.

Alternative Names Cats Eye
Colour Yellow, Green, Brown, Red
Hardness 8.5
Crystal system Orthorhombic
Streak White
Lustre Vitreous
Main Locations Russia, Brazil, Australia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka
Chakra Solar Plexus
Zodiac Gemini, Leo
Numerology 6
Planetary N/A
Element Air, Water

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