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It's almost impossible to resist gazing at tiger's eye — the golden-brown gemstone that resembles the eye of a magnificent tiger. What makes tiger's eye even more intriguing is the stunning play of light and dark bands that flash across the stone's surface.
Tiger's eye was rediscovered in South Africa in the early 1800s. Tiger's eye is actually quartz embedded with crocidolite fibers. These fibers display a phenomenon called chatoyancy — thin parallel bands of light that give the appearance of a cat's eye.
In ancient times, tiger's eye was believed to be all seeing, probably due to its uncanny resemblance to an eye. Roman soldiers would wear this golden gemstone, carved with lions and hawks, to promote courage and provide protection during battles. Today, some believe that tiger's eye can help calm the mind and help one see clearly.
Tiger's eye jewelry is most popular in tones of golden brown, but also comes in shades of reddish brown and blue-green.
Throughout history, tiger's eye has enthralled jewelry lovers all over the world. At Ross-Simons, we search for exquisite examples of tiger's eye earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. View our entire collection of Estate and contemporary tiger's eye jewelry at our web site.
Our tiger's eye jewelry showcases beautiful examples of this multi-tonal gemstone. Our jewelers take care to cut tiger's eye parellel to the length of the stone's fibers to get the best chatoyance, or cat's eye effect. Tiger's eye jewelry is most often presented in cabochon form, but it can also be faceted, and looks beautiful set in sterling silver or 14kt gold.
The largest deposits of tiger's eye are found in South Africa. The gemstone is also mined in Australia, Canada, India, Namibia, Burma and the United States.
Not only is tiger's eye affordable, it is also extremely durable. With a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, is it often heated with a permanent treatment that precludes any extra care. As with all gems, protect tiger's eye jewelry from scratches, sharp blows and temperature extremes. Store your tiger's eye jewelry in your Ross-Simons presentation box when not in use.