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Tiger's Eye & Golden Topaz Necklace 001

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This necklace is made with shimmery brown Tiger's Eye and Golden Topaz. The different gemstones measure roughly 12mm by 10mm and I used PMC Paper Clay for the bezel settings and traditional chain mail techniques to join each bezel so the necklace bends and moves freely. The necklace measures 18 inches in length but is adjustable up to 21 inches.

 

Tiger's Eye - History and Introduction

Tiger's eye is a gold-brown, opaque gemstone variety of fibrous quartz. More specifically, it is a variety of macrocrystalline quartz. However, unlike most quartz gemstones, tiger's eye is actually a 'pseudomorph' of quartz. A 'pseudomorph' is what geologists refer to as any mineral that transforms into another mineral. In the case of tiger's eye, it began as crocidolite, but was later transformed into quartz. Crocidolite is one of the several forms of asbestos. It is a fibrous blue mineral and belongs to the riebeckite family of amphibole silicates. The transformation of tiger's eye begins when quartz slowly becomes embedded between the fibers of crocidolite, eventually the quartz completely replaces crocidolite while still retaining the original fibrous shape.

Tiger's eye is famed for its remarkable chatoyancy and its attractive golden brown colors. It is closely related to hawk's eye and pietersite, both of which exhibit similar chatoyancy. Tiger's eye is actually formed from hawk's eye. During the pseudomorph transformation process, materials that contain more iron oxide result in brownish tiger's eye; less oxidation and less iron tends toward the original blue color of crocidolite. Technically, the term pietersite may be used to describe any brecciated tiger's eye or hawk's eye. Brecciated stones are rocks which are composed of materials that have been broken apart, swirled around, and then later reformed and cemented together by quartz or another type of host or matrix material. This results in a more chaotic chatoyancy, rather than the linear chatoyancy of regular hawk's eye and tiger's eye.

 

Identifying Tiger's Eye

Tiger's eye can be identified by its distinct golden brownish color, chatoyancy and its silicon dioxide composition. Like all quartz, it exhibits relatively good hardness and durability (6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale). Tiger's eye can be distinguished from similar hawk's eye by its browner color and lesser iron content. Tiger's eye is actually formed from hawk's eye. As blue crocidolite mineral is replaced by chalcedony quartz, the fibrous crocidolite decomposes and is oxidized by iron. The more it oxidizes, the less blue color remains.

  

Tiger's Eye; Origin and Sources

Tiger's eye can be found in many locations around the world. The two most important sources today include Thailand and the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Other notable deposits and sources include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Korea, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Spain and the USA.

 

Tiger's Eye: Related or Similar Gemstones

Tiger's eye is one of the many types of macrocrystalline quartz. It is technically a pseudomorph of quartz which originally formed from fibrous crocidolite, one of several minerals which belong to the riebeckite family of amphibole silicates. Crocidolite is classified as a type of asbestos. As a type of quartz, there are many gemstone varieties which are similar or related to tiger's eye, including hawk's eye and pietersite. Tiger's eye is actually formed from hawk's eye, while pietersite is a rare type of gemstone composed mostly of hawk's eye and tiger's eye.

When tiger's eye is cut and finished with some of its host rock intact, it is traded as 'tiger's eye matrix'. Another form of tiger's eye known as 'tiger's iron' is actually a rock composed mostly of tiger's eye, red jasper and black hematite. It is often cut with its matrix and traded as 'tiger's iron matrix'

 

Tiger's Eye Mythology, Metaphysical and Crystal Healing Properties 

Tiger's eye belongs to the large family of quartz crystals. It is thought to be good for physical strength and endurance. It is excellent for helping with vision problems and it is believed to enhance our ability to focus. Physically, it is often used for problems related to eyesight, as well as spinal and neck problems. It is even used for sinus congestion. Tiger's eye was used in ancient times by warriors and soldiers for protection and for its ability to give its wearer courage. It is believed to be a stone of confidence often used by travelers. It can also be used to help protect against negative energy.

 

Tiger Eye Healing Properties

♥ Protection ♥ Clear thinking ♥ Personal empowerment ♥ Integrity ♥ Willpower ♥ Practicality ♥ Grounding ♥ Power ♥ Courage ♥ Grace

Tiger Eye, also known as Tigers Eye, is a variety of Chalcedony.  Tiger Eye is an 18th Anniversary gemstone.

Chakras - Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra

Zodiac - Capricorn

Planet – Sun‚Ä®Element – Fire, Earth‚Ä®Typical colors - golden-brown, blue, red 

A stone of protection, Tiger Eye may also bring good luck to the wearer.  It has the power to focus the mind, promoting mental clarity, assisting us to resolve problems objectively and unclouded by emotions.  Particularly useful for healing psychosomatic illnesses, dispelling fear and anxiety.  Useful for recognizing one’s own needs in relation to the needs of others.  Balancing yin-yang and energizing the emotional body, Tiger Eye stabilizes mood swings, imbues us with willpower, purpose, courage and self-confidence, and releases tension. 

Tiger Eye treats eyes, throat and reproductive organs, releases toxins, alleviates pain and is helpful in repairing broken bones and strengthening the alignment of the spinal column.

In addition to the generic healing properties of Tiger Eye, specific colors have additional attributes:

Blue Tiger Eye

Chakras - Throat Chakra 

Element - Air

Blue Tiger Eye is calming and releases stress.  It aids the quick-tempered, overanxious and phobic.  Slows the metabolism, cools an overactive sex drive and dissolves sexual frustrations.

 

Red Tiger Eye

Chakras - Base Chakra 

Element - Fire

A stimulating stone, Red Tiger Eye overcomes lethargy and provides motivation.  It speeds up a slow metabolism.  Red Tiger Eye increases a low sex drive.

 

Tiger's Eye Gemstone Jewelry Care and Cleaning

Like most quartz gemstones, Tiger's eye is quite durable and resistant to wear and tear. However, it is sensitive to some acids commonly found in many household cleaning solvents. Cleaning should only done using only warm water and a mild soap or detergent. Avoid harsh chemicals and cleaners such as bleach, ammonia or sulfuric acid. Also avoid spraying perfume or hairspray on your tiger's eye gems.

Ultrasonic cleaners and steamers are generally considered safe for most quartz varieties, but care should be taken while doing so, and they are not usually recommended for any gem type. Always remove any tiger's eye gems before playing any sports, exercising, or performing any harsh household chores such as dishwashing. When storing your tiger's eye gemstones, store them separately and away from other gems and jewelry. It is best to wrap stones using a soft cloth, or place them inside a fabric-lined jewelry box for extra protection.


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