Tiger Eye is a golden brown colored chatoyant gemstone!
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Tiger eye is a quartz mineral. It is an opaque stone used for cabochons, beads and carvings. Most tiger eye comes from South Africa. There are other sources and varieties; the photo above is an Australian Marra Mumba Tiger Eye I set into a handmade gold ring a while back. These Australian Tiger Eye stones are rare and in demand - the ring shown above sold the same day I listed it ...
It is usually a golden brown color, but a blue variety called hawks eye is also very popular.
Tiger eye is best known for the strong chatoyant effect it displays when properly cut. This is caused by the inclusion of asbestos fibers caught in the forming quartz mineral.
These fibers deteriorate, and are either replaced by iron oxide, which give it the familiar golden brown color, or in some cases the original blue color of the asbestos is left as a residual material, forming the more rare hawks eye.
These fibers occur in parallel growth patterns, and when the stone is cut along these lines, they form the familiar effect seen in these gems.
Many people believe that
these stones possess strong spiritual properties.
Tigers eye is believed to enhance clear thought, willpower and inner strength.
Hawks eye is a favorite for those who believe it gives them strength to deal with the difficulties of everyday life.
Tiger Eye Care Tips
Like all quartz minerals, tiger eye is a fairly hard stone that will take a very good polish. It is easy to care for, and can be maintained with warm water, dish soap and an old toothbrush. Most commercial jewelry cleaning and polishing compounds are safe if you need to clean the setting. Tiger Eye beads are usually easy to care for; a quick rub with a soft cloth usually works well.
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