Tiger's Eye is one of a small group of silicates, which, when appropriately cut, reflect shimmering, golden bands of light. This quality, known as Chatoyancy (French for Cat's Eye), is produced when light is reflected from tiny, fibrous inclusions oriented in parallel within the stone. Iron oxide gives Tiger's Eye it's golden brown color, while ...

Tiger's Eye is one of a small group of silicates, which, when appropriately cut, reflect shimmering, golden bands of light. This quality, known as Chatoyancy (French for Cat's Eye), is produced when light is reflected from tiny, fibrous inclusions oriented in parallel within the stone. Iron oxide gives Tiger's Eye it's golden brown color, while Cat's Eye is greenish-gray, Hawk's Eye is blue-gray, and Bull's or Oxes' Eye is mahogany. Tiger's Eye is found primarily in South Africa, but also in Australia, Burma, and California. Though all of the cat's eye stones are said to enhance perception, Tiger's Eye is particularly useful for bringing mind and body into balance, creating an overall sense of well being. This silicate contains brown iron oxides from asbestos weathering which produce seemingly three-dimensional golden stripes reflecting on a brown background. These stripes are fibrous inclusions which, when appropriately cut, display what is known as chatoyancy. Chatoyancy gives the stone its three dimensional play of light and silky luster. The name Tigereye refers to the yellowish-brown color, where Cat's Eye is greenish-gray, Hawk's Eye is blue-gray, and Bull's or Oxes' Eye is mahogany. Tigereye is found primarily in South Africa, but also in Australia, Burma, and California. The wearer of Tigereye can experience a focusing of the mind which aids in centering the self and enhanced perception.

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