Tigers Eye is a form of Quartz. It is tough like Quartz, 6 - 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. It is hard, un-bendable and glass-like.
There is debate on how Tigers Eye has formed
1. One school of thought says that Tigers Eye starts out as Crocidolite Asbestos (a fibrous blue mineral made of Iron and Sodium). Over time Quartz becomes embedded in the Crocidolite fibers. It absorbs and replaces the Crocidolite, but retains the fibrous shape of the former mineral. Traces of the Crocidolite's Iron remain to give the stone its golden color and this is known as Tigers Eye. (If less Iron remains, the stone will be more of the original blue Crocidolite color and this is known as Hawk's Eye.)
2. The other school of thought says that the Crocidolite and Quartz form together at the same time in a sealed, vein-filling formation.
Either way, the fibers of the Tigers Eye are bent and crumpled rather than straight. We can therefore see a brilliant, silky iridescent effect in the stone known as chatoyancy. The more chatoyant the stone, the more valuable it is to the collector.
Types of Tigers Eye
Golden Tigers Eye shows rich chocolate and warm brown colors and a yellow shimmering chatoyancy. Use Golden Tigers Eye for confidence, courage, emotional balance and logical thinking in business transactions. Golden Tigers Eye helps balance the Solar Plexus Chakra.
Hawks Eye, also known as Blue Tigers Eye or Falcons Eye, shows deep brown, black and bluish tones under a reflective property known as chatoyancy. The dark shimmering stone is used to balance the Third Eye Chakra. Use Hawks Eye for eye disorders, headaches and migraines. The stone brings the wearer attentiveness to the world and fellow creatures.
Red Tigers Eye is brown Tigers Eye after it has been heated either naturally in the earth or by humans. This shimmering red stone can be used for stimulating passion for the project at hand.
Tiger Iron stones show a mix of Golden Tigers Eye, Red Jasper and metallic black Hematite. This uniquely mottled stone is used to balance the Solar Plexus and Root Chakras.
Surface Color: Yellow, Brown
Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White
Group: Silicates (silicon+ oxygen)
Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): None
Fracture: Conchoidal (clam-like concave like when glass breaks)
Luster: Vitreous (glassy)
Transparency: Translucent (allows light through the crystal but not fully transparent)
Crystal System: Hexagonal/Trigonal (3 equal axis @ 120’ to one another and a 4thaxis perpendicular to the other three)
Crystal Habit: Fibrous
Astrological Signs: Capricorn
Chakras: Solar Plexus, Root
Healing Properties of Tigers Eye
Tigers Eye is a great grounding stone (pulls you down to reality)
Tigers Eye retains the energy of the sun, working to bring this brilliant light energy through your physical body, grounding you to the earth.
Golden Tigers Eye is great for the Solar Plexus Chakra, bringing emotional well being, confidence and courage.
Tigers Eye is a great business stone, bringing logical thinking into your dealings, keeping the emotional level balanced.
Tigers Eye is especially effective for stubborn people, helping to bring a positive and open-minded attitude for those willing to let go of their old habits.
Personal Experience with Tigers Eye
I am very attracted to rich, earthy tones. I like to use Tigers Eye for grounding. I love the brilliant chatoyancy of Golden Tigers Eye. Holding smooth tumbled Tigers Eye in my hands helps to bring me back to earth, which is especially great in the car when my mind wanders! I use the rough Tigers Eye as a natural background for photographing and a rustic display piece to place small plants and other crystals. When we used to have a physical store, we would place a Tigers Eye Ganesh figurine to bring in success in business. It has helped as we are now thankfully exclusively online!
Lisa's Experience with Tigers Eye
Tigers Eye is my husband's favorite stone. When we lived in Budapest, he would choose a piece of Tigers Eye every time we went crystal shopping. If he wasn't with me, I would gift him one upon returning home.
Tamas' Tigers Eye collection is featured in our dining room. It includes a Tiger's Eye ball, egg, skull, rabbit, dragons, mice, cat, dog, merkaba, several polished pieces, several raw pieces, and much more.
I am also a fan of Tigers Eye. I love the golden brown chatoyant pieces. The stone feels masculine and protective to me. I have several Tiger's Eye necklaces and earrings. They are so easy to match with my muted wardrobe, and bring a dazzle to the dull.
I enjoy blue Tigers Eye too, which is called Hawks Eye.