Tiger iron is a banded stone containing layers of tiger eye, jasper, and hematite. Tiger eye and jasper are both silicates (silicon dioxide) and have a hardness of 7. Hematite is an iron oxide with a hardness of 5 to 6. This beautiful material displays stripes of color in gold, red, brown, and black. Tiger iron is believed to be a stone of strength, stamina, and courage. It can also help one feel calm, centered, and grounded in the midst of outer or inner turmoil. Tiger iron is found in Australia and South Africa.