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tiger eye steampunkThe Tiger Eye gemstone is all about the tiger. It aptly reflects the beautiful colors and spirit of its animal namesake.The stone has been prized for centuries, beginning with ancient Romans and continuing to this day.

There is a ‘flash’ you can see when a Tiger Eye gemstone is tilted in the right direction – a flash believed to be similar to the one seen in a tiger’s eye when the big cat spots its prey. Because of this, the golden-brown quartz was believed to impart the unwavering focus and determination of a tiger. The ‘flash’ was also believed to be distracting to the opponent of a warrior. It was thought to create difficulty for the opponent to see the warrior well enough to make an accurate tiger eye braceletshot. Thus, the Tiger Eye was made into amulets and talismans invaluable to ancient Roman soldiers. And the connection to war doesn’t stop there. It was also believed to appease the Egyptian Goddess of War, Sekhmet. People of that time felt the stone would bring powqer and strength if placed on an altar devoted to the goddess. 

Not nearly as much fun as the legendary side (to me, anyway) is the ‘chemical’ or geological side. In any case, for those who love the science of stones, Tiger Eye is a type of macrocrystalline or fibrous quartz that forms from crocidolite when quartz crystals become embedded within it. Crocidolite is actually a type of asbestos! As the quartz crystals develop, the crocidolite dissolves away but the fibrous shapes remain. The main sources of Tiger Eye today are Africa and Thailand – but it is also mined in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Korea, Myanmar, Manibia and Spain, and even some areas of the United States.

So back to the more mystical aspects of the stone… Tiger Eye is the chosen gemstone of the Dalai Lama’s personal mala. It is believed to be a strong power stone, in keeping with the traditional meaning. Many say you can hold a Tiger Eye while praying or meditating – to keep a powerful focus and to help enhance patience. Tiger Eye is also considered to be a fire energy in Feng Shui. Its Yang energy supports activity, brightness, enthusiasm, illumination and warmth. People are advised to place Tiger Eye in the south end of a room or home, to bring passion to concepts, emotions and sex.

pointy tiger eyeWhatever you believe or don’t believe about this special stone, there is no denying its fascinating appearance. Just to inspire you, I’ve included a few examples of what some of our Etsy colleagues have done with it. From top to bottom are:

Traci di Palma's Steampunk Tiger Eye necklace/earring set made of warm copper-toned chain paired with glimmering red tiger eye gemstones and small keys;

Nannapat's cool Tiger Eye bracelet, made with waxed cord, brass beads, brass bells, brass pendant, turquoise, and red coral; and

JKDKdesigns 'The Hunt - Tiger Tribe Necklace and Earring Set', with Tiger Eye beads and pendants and copper coil beads.

Have you ever worked with this stone? What did you do with it, and what did you think of the outcome? We hope you’ll post your stories and send your photos.

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Until Next Time,

Sheila

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