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Gemstone Information - Tiger's Eye or Tigereye
Tiger's eye is a translucent to opaque quartz containing yellow and brown fibrous inclusions. It has a silky luster and brown and gold stripes because of the iron oxide staining. The stone cut en cabochon with a gold band along the center and the silky sheen resemble a cat's-eye due to the fibrous structure. The eye will move when the stone is turned from side to side.
Most important deposits are found in South Africa, where it is found in thick slabs, together with the less common hawk's eye. The other tiger's eye are found in Sri Lanka, Australia, Burma, India, United States.
The ancient Egyptians used tiger's eye stone for amulets to transmit the power of Ra, the sun god, for it is said tiger's eye contain the power of the sun and of earth. Roman soldiers kept tiger's eye with them when they went to battle so they would be brave and good luck.
Tiger's eye have many healing properties include helping flow in communication, helping soften stubbornness, helping wearer reduce stress by decreasing sensitivity, energizing a weak or exhausted person. It is also believed tiger's eye is a natural luck and money bringer, a protective stone against the evil eye and good for travelers.