Tiger Eye Crystals Meanings and Properties

Tiger Eye Crystals Meanings and Properties

Red Tiger's Eye
As it is dyed, the attributes of red tiger's eye are much the same as gold. In addition, because of the red colouration, it can be used to overcome lethargy and inspire motivation.

Mineral Information

Origin: S. Africa

Mineral Species: Quartz

Mineral Group: Silicates

Chemical Formula: SiO2

Hardness: 7

Crystal System: Trigonal

Colour: Gold to gold-blue, usually with chatoyancy.

Typical Appearance: Tiger’s eye is a quartz, which displays chatoyancy, or a “cat’s eye” effect. For more than 100 years it has been believed to form when parallel veins of crocidolite (blue asbestos) are metamorphically altered to iron oxides (giving it its gold colour), which is then replaced by quartz. In the case of blue tiger’s eye (also know as hawk’s eye or falcon’s eye), the crocidolite is not altered before the quartz replacement, and retains its original blue colour.

In 2003, Heaney and Fisher argued that tiger's eye is not a replacement mineral but "classically exemplifies synchronous mineral growth through a crack-seal vein-filling process." However, you’ll find that most mineralogy books stick to the original explanation. Both varieties are very popular in jewellery making and gemstone carving.

Esoteric Information

Birthstone: Leo

Chakra Alignment: Solar Plexus, Sacral and Root

Element: Fire


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