Tigereye or Tiger's Eye is a member of the macrocrystalline quartz family, usually with rich yellow and brown stripes. Occassionally Tiger's Eye can be found blue or red, but most of the time those colors are dyed or heated. Heating Tigereye sometimes causes it to turn a reddish color.
It is most commonly found in South Africa. But it has also been found in Western Australia, Myanmar (Burma), India, and California. It contains oriented fibers of crocidolite that have been replaced by silica. The fibers are twisted or crumpled instead of straight, reminiscent of sand and sunlight. Tigereye is also vitreous (hard, unbendable and glasslike). The name Tiger's Eye or Tigereye came from its chatoyant cat's eye effect.
Roman soldiers wore Tigereye for protection in battle, and the stone was thought to be all-seeing due to its ocular appearance. However, Tigereye made its gemstone debut sometime in the late 19th century and was much more valuable back then than today. Tigereye is cut into cabochons, and often used for carvings, boxes, bowls, etc.
Metaphysical Properties: Tiger Eye is said to enhance integrity, willpower, practicality and correct use of power. It is a stone that brings good luck, and prosperity, often in the form of money. It is a very protective stone, and is said to be especially protective during travel.
OakRocks has been in the rock and mineral business for 30 years. We are a great source for Tiger's Eye and carry a large selection of Tiger's Eye cabochons, decorator pieces, gemstone animal carvings and rough rock.