Tiger-eye can also be blue or red, when blue it carries the trade name Hawk's Eye.
Tiger-eye is mined primarily in Northern Cape Province, South Africa and in Western Australia.
Tiger-eye contains oriented fibers of crocidolite that have been replaced by silica. The fibers are twisted or crumpled instead of straight, causing a play of light or chatoyancy when you move the stone around.
Tigereye is a metamorphic rock and gets it color from iron oxide.
Tiger Eye gemstone cabochons are vitreous (hard, unbendable and glasslike) and they are a member of the Chalcedony family.
With its strong chatoyance, the semi precious stones get their name from its resemblance to the eye of a tiger. These gorgeous jewelry cabochons seem to glow with an inner light.
When cutting and polishing Tiger's Eye cabochons, skillful orientation to the fibrous structure must be applied to achieve the best chatoyancy. Ideally the cut should be perfectly parallel to the length of the fibers to achieve fullest chatoyancy.
Tiger's Eye cabochons have a hardness of 7 and take a great polish.
Roman soldiers wore Tiger-eye sewed into their clothes for protection in battle.
Metaphysical Properties of Tiger-eye:
Tiger-eye cabochons are 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. Tiger Eye is said to help bring harmony between people with different viewpoints, religious beliefs, or approaches to life.