Tiger's eye, also spelled tigers-eye and tigereye. Tiger's eye is also called crocidolite cat's-eye or African cat's-eye. Tiger's eye has a rich yellow and golden brown stripes, with a fine golden lustre when polished.
Tiger's eye is quartz that contains oriented fibres of crocidolite that have been replaced by silica. Tiger's eye is displaying chatoyancy (a vertical luminescent band like that of a cat's eye). It typically has lustrous alternating yellow or brown bands.
Tiger's eye, with its bands, resembles an eye of tiger, so it is received its name due to this similarity. Tiger's eye is the anniversary gemstone for the 9th year of marriage. Hawk's-eye is similar to tiger's eye, except that the crocidolite was replaced by quartz before altering to iron oxide. It therefore retains the gray-blue or green of the asbestos. As with all gems, protect tiger eye from scratches and sharp blows. Also avoid large temperature changes.
Roman soldiers wore tiger's-eye for protection in battle. Tiger Eye was thought to be all seeing due to its appearance.
Tiger Eye is widely used in pendant and beads where it's lovely tiger-like peculiarity displays out best.
Healing ability: Tiger eye relieves high blood pressure. Tiger eye wear is very helpful in the presence of following diseases: bronchial asthmakidney, rheumatic heart disease, otitis and psoriasis.
Mystical power: Tiger Eye is used for focusing the mind. It is said that Tiger Eye offers protection during travel, strengthens convictions and confidence. This very warm stone is beneficial for the weak and sick.
The most important mine for Tiger Eye is in South Africa. The best stones come from Griqualand West.