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Multicolor Tigereye Beads (Mixed Strands)
These mixed strands of tigereye provide an assortment of natural golden-brown tigereye, heat-treated blue tiger, and heat-treated red tigereye. Get all three colors of these semiprecious beads in a single strand! This popular gemstone is also sometimes called African cat's eye, crocidolite, or tiger's eye. The strongly chatoyant stone is a variety of quartz that contains twisted (or crumpled) fibers of crocidolite that have been replaced by silica. While there are claims that tigereye was being used as long ago as the Roman Empire, it didn't debut as a gemstone until the late 19th century. At that time, it was much more valuable than it is today, and fetched several dollars per carat. Do not clean tigereye beads with alcohol or abrasives, as they may damage the chatoyance.
More information about Blue Tigereye: Blue tigereye beads are made from a heat-treated variety of the gemstone tigereye. The treatment turns these semiprecious beads from their naturally occurring tones to deep shades of blue. Also known as blue African cat's eye, blue crocidolite, and blue tiger's eye, the stone contains oriented fibers of crocidolite (a mineral of the amphibole group) that have been replaced by silica. Tigereye contains strong chatoyance and is vitreous (hard, unbendable, and glasslike). Do not clean blue tigereye jewelry components with alcohol or abrasives, as they can damage the stone's chatoyance. All varieties of tigereye are said to both help the wearer gain a flexible attitude, and to strengthen one's convictions and increase one's courage and confidence.