Richly striped tigereye is a variety of quartz with a fine luster. These semiprecious beads come in your choice of their natural, unenhanced brown-gold state, or in heat-treated blue or red. We also offer strands of multicolor (mixed natural and heat-treated) tigereye. Also known as African cat's eye, crocidolite, and tiger's eye, the natural variety of these semiprecious beads are some of our best sellers! The gemstone contains oriented fibers of crocidolite (a mineral of the amphibole group) that have been replaced by silica. The fibers are twisted or crumpled instead of straight, reminiscent of sand and sunlight. Tigereye is also vitreous (hard, unbendable and glass-like) with strong chatoyance. The stone has previously been called "griqualandite," named after Griqualand West in Africa, where the best tigereye was once found.
We occasionally also have Tiger iron. Tiger iron jewelry components may include tiger iron beads and donut pendants. This semiprecious gemstone is a natural mixture of hematite, jasper, and tigereye, and it provides the perfect example of a metamorphosed gemstone.
More than two billion years ago, deposits of the three separate materials were slowly mashed together as tectonic plates shifted. The tremendous pressures on the original crystals resulted in the intricate, banded designs that tiger iron components display.
Each separate gemstone can be distinctly seen in layers of gold, silver, brown and red, drawing unique vertical and horizontal patterns. This unusual trinity stone is believed to carry the metaphysical energies and attributes of its three parents.