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Tiger's Eye Sphere 5.6cm
Tiger's Eye crystals for sale from South Africa.
This gorgeous Tiger's Eye Sphere measures 5.6cm in diameter.
Tigers Eye is an incredibly unique semiprecious stone displaying fiery hues of gold, orange, brown, and red in an appearance indicative of tiger stripes.
With a silky lustre and stunning chatoyancy/ Cat's Eye Effect, this stone is famous for its striking, shimmering aesthetic.
Please note: this piece displays some small natural pits on its otherwise smooth, polished surface.
What Is Tiger's Eye Made Of?
Tiger's Eye is a unique form of fibrous Quartz which displays chatoyancy.
As a mineral belonging to the Quartz family of minerals, Tiger's Eye is made primarily of silicon dioxide.
It is thought that iron oxides such as limonite create the signature gold, red, yellow, and brown hues of Tiger's Eye.
Tiger's Eye Chatoyancy
Tiger's Eye can also be described as Chatoyant Quartz: in fact, this stone is famous for its chatoyancy.
A chatoyant gemstone such as Tiger's Eye displays a striking optical effect: when illuminated, a thin line of light is reflected from tiny fibres within the stone, and as one moves the stone back and forth, the line of light also moves, creating a stunning shimmer across the stone's surface.
The narrow band of light on the stone has the appearance of a slitted cat's eye, and for this reason, chatoyancy is sometimes referred to as the "Cat's Eye Effect".
In fact, the term "chatoyancy" is derived from the French for "Cat's Eye".
Tiger's Eye Name
Tiger's Eye gains its unique name from its tiger-like appearance (its orange-red colouring and stripe patterns), as well as from its chatoyancy/ cat's eye effect.
Where Does Tiger's Eye Come From?
Tiger's Eye can be found in various locations worldwide, including Australia, the USA, Brazil, and India.
Perhaps the most important source of Tiger's Eye is South Africa.
Tiger's Eye History
In ancient times, Tiger's Eye was a focus of many superstitions worldwide.
Roman soldiers wore engraved Tiger's Eye amulets on the battlefield as stones of protection: these talismans were designed to keep the soldiers safe from their enemies, and to also ward off evil spirits.
In Eastern cultures such as China, the tiger is considered to be the most powerful being, the true king of the jungle: for this reason, Tiger's Eye was coveted as a powerful symbol of protection, power, and good fortune.
Tiger's Eye In Ancient Egypt
In Ancient Egypt, Tiger's Eye was seen as a representation of Sun energy: pharaohs wore jewellery carved from Tiger's Eye to gain the protection of Ra the Sun God, and to attract strength, power, and vitality.
Tiger's Eye was also used to decorate the tombs of pharaohs to attract good fortune as they journeyed into the afterlife.
Tiger's Eye Crystal Healing Properties
Tiger's Eye is an incredibly powerful stone with regards to crystal spirituality and crystal healing.
Tiger's Eye is used by crystal healers to improve motivation, energy, and will-power, as well as to soothe, calm, and heal mood swings and strong emotions.
The balancing nature of Tiger's Eye makes it perfect for people struggling with indecisiveness: this stone provides the stability and intuition for good decision-making.
Tiger's Eye is also said to represent the all-seeing and all-knowing eye, thus it is believed to help its users to find clarity and understanding during times of difficulty.
A stone of vitality and passion, Tiger's Eye is a great example of a Gemini Zodiac stone.
Tigers Eye is also an important symbol of good luck, fortune, and abundance.
Tiger's Eye Chakras
Tiger's Eye resonates well with the Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, and Solar Plexus Chakra.
When used with the Root Chakra, Tiger's Eye can gift its user with a sense of strength and security, both emotionally and physically.
When used with the Sacral Chakra, Tiger's Eye can increase feelings of pleasure and joy in its user, as well as boost creativity, intuition, and self-worth.
When used with the Solar Plexus Chakra, Tiger's Eye activates its user's personal power and self-confidence.
How Hard Is Tiger's Eye?
Measuring 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale, this mineral is relatively hard and durable and resistant to scratching, but care should still be taken not to damage the crystal surface.
To clean the crystal, simply use water and dry it afterwards with a soft cloth.
Tiger's Eye Collections
Tiger's Eye would make a perfect addition to any crystal collection.
A Tiger's Eye crystal would also make a wonderful gift for any Gemini in your life, or for loved ones born in the Year of the Tiger.
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