The tigers eye meaning: properties, benefits, jewelry
What is tigers eye?
A variety of quartz, the tiger’s eye is a gemstone with a cat’s eye effect, mostly yellow in color, with silky patterns within the stone, resembling the lines of a tiger. It is one of the five most precious gemstones in the world.
Tigers eye properties
Tiger’s eye is a quartz aggregate, usually yellow, blue, red, green, opaque, fine, and tough, with a silky and glassy luster and a microfibrous structure.
If a tiger’s eye stone is ground into a curved surface from the vertical fiber direction, a parallel moving “eye” will appear on the curved surface, of which the shape and color resemble a tiger’s eye. This is why it gets the name.
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Cat’s eye effect or chatoyancy
The term Chatoyancy comes from the French words “Chat” (cat) and “Oeil” (eye), and is now commonly known as “cat’s eye”. The name comes from the fact that many stones in nature, when faceted, have a bright, moving band of light on their curved surface, resembling the elongated pupil of a cat’s eye.
In nature, there are many stones that produce the cat’s eye effect: the cat’s eye alexandrite, cat’s eye emerald, cat’s eye aquamarine, cat’s eye tourmaline, cat’s eye moonstone, cat’s eye garnet, cat’s eye labradorite, etc.
In general, each tiger’s eye stone can produce the cat’s eye effect after polishing. You can look at the stone from different angles under sunlight or other stronger lights. Details might be different, but they should all have a bright line. When you turn the stone, the bright line also moves.
Tiger’s eye colors
Due to different growth environments and different trace elements it contains, there exist multiple colors. The more common ones are yellow tiger’s eye, blue tiger’s eye, red tiger’s eye, and green tiger’s eye. The latter two are relatively rare (most of the red tiger’s eye on the market is dyed).
1. Yellow tigers eye
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We are very familiar with the yellow tiger’s eye due to its large quantity on the market. It is golden or yellowish-brown in color, translucent or slightly translucent, with a strong luster and a silky, well-arranged pattern within the stone that looks like a tiger.
Yellow tigers eye meaning
The yellow tiger’s eye is considered by the Indians to be a sacred stone, a symbol of prestige, to prevent depression, physical and mental illness, and to inspire courage.
2. Blue tigers eye
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Blue tigers eye properties
Blue tiger’s eye is also known as Hawkeye, with a strong silky luster, slightly transparent or translucent, and a strangled or banded light.
The appearance of Hawk’s eye is due to the inclusion of blue asbestos fibers in the stone, which, when viewed from a certain angle, reveals the original clear crystal.
The amount of blue tiger’s eye jewelry present in the market is small and the price varies, but it is indeed one of the most expensive tiger’s eye varieties. If you find one with the cat’s eye effect, then you can call it a high-end product in the market.
Blue tigers eye meaning
Blue tiger’s eye means courage and conviction and helps to strengthen our aura and make us more positive and outgoing.
Blue tigers eye metaphysical properties
Blue tiger’s eye stone has the power of warding off evil spirits, keeping peace, and attracting wealth and blessings.
In addition, the blue tiger’s eye stone corresponds to the throat chakra, which is helpful for one’s digestive system, relieving intestinal discomfort and promoting metabolism; it is also helpful for improving osteoporosis in the elderly.
3. Red tigers eye or tigerite
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Since natural red tiger’s eye stones are quite precious and rare, most of the red tiger’s eye stones on the market today are dyed.
Specifically, the red tiger’s eye is formed by heating the natural yellow tiger’s eye so that its iron-containing components are oxidized to a reddish-brown color. However, such a process is accepted by the gemological community.
Red tigers eye meaning
Since red represents enthusiasm and courage, wearing red tiger eye stones helps to overcome one’s timidity and to improve certain weaknesses of one’s personality such as indecisiveness.
The red tiger eye stone represents a strong life force. Therefore, when worn by children it keeps diseases away and strengthens resistance.
In addition, red tiger eye stones can improve the respiratory system. It is useful for colds and tracheal disorders, as well as for strengthening the flexibility of joints.
4. Green tigers eye
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Similar to the red tiger’s eye, most of the green tiger’s eye stones currently available in the market are artificially dyed yellow tiger’s eye stones. When observed under a microscope, we can find that the color is only distributed in the superficial layer of the stone.
Distribution and mining
Tiger’s eye stone is mostly produced in Africa, and it is the national gemstone of South Africa. The largest tiger’s eye deposit in the world is currently located in the Transvaal province of South Africa.
In the meanwhile, India, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Namibia, Australia, and Brazil also produce high-quality tiger’s eye stones.
Tigers eye benefits and healing properties
There are multiple tigers eye benefits thanks to its powerful healing properties, both physically and mentally.
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Tigers eye chakra
Tiger’s eye stone corresponds to the solar plexus chakra, which means it has a positive effect on the digestive system and has a therapeutic effect on those who are prone to colds and breathing problems. It also helps to stimulate metabolism.
Tigers eye metaphysical properties
Generally speaking, the tiger’s Eye is considered to be a powerful and majestic spiritual stone that protects the wearer from calamities and blesses the wearer with peace and happiness.
Moreover, it is believed that the energy of the tiger eye stone can calm our minds, keep us clear and focused, and stimulate creativity. This is the reason why many think that these stones help the owner to make breakthroughs in their careers and to reach their goals through self-discipline, and then to live a happy and joyful life.
Physically, the tiger’s eye stone has a good purifying and regulating effect on our body. For example, it can speed up the healing of a patient and is also good for improving joints and calming the nervous system.
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Where to buy tigers eye stones and tigers eye jewelry?
If you want to buy a tiger’s eye stone and tiger’s eye jewelry ranging from $0.5-$100, you can check Etsy. You can buy a raw tiger’s eye stone, tiger’s eye beads, or tiger’s eye jewelry, like a tiger’s eye ring, a tiger’s eye necklace, and a tiger’s eye bracelet that are affordable and of high quality and have them delivered to your house fast.
Alternatively, if you want to buy high-end tiger’s eye jewelry ranging from $100-$2000, you can check Farfetch. They have luxury brands like Gucci, Prada, Boucheron, Cartier, Chopard, David Morris, and De Beers as well as designer brands that are unique and less well-known. You can also have all the products delivered to your home.
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Cleansing and charging
1. Cleanse with salt
The standard way to cleanse and purify a tiger’s eye stone is to use salt.
How do we do it? If you use large grains of salt, then simply put the salt on a plate or dish and then bury the stone within the salt for about 24 hours. Reminder, it can be longer than 24 hours, but not shorter. This is very effective and can last up to 3 months with a single purification, also called 100-day purification.
If we use small grains of salt instead, we need to prepare a liquid in the ratio of 10 grams of kosher salt to 500 grams of water, put the crystal into the liquid, and soak it for 24 hours. Since the small grains of kosher salt are less energetic, you can carry it for about 1 month continuously for one purification.
2. Cleanse with clear water
Tiger’s eye and its energy come from nature, so we can also use natural methods to help cleanse and purify the stone. Place the stone in a flowing stream or river and rinse it with water for 20 minutes before drying it. If this is not possible, buy a bottle of mineral water and soak the crystal in it for 24 hours. This helps to remove the negative energy.
3. Cleanse the soil
This is the most powerful method. If the crystal has been owned by a sick person, then we strongly recommend using this method. After all, the crystal comes from the earth. Letting it go back to the original place for purification is the best.
Remember though to find an unpolluted place to do so. In addition, it is recommended that to bury for more than a month.
4. Charge with a crystal cluster
Cleansing and purifying with a crystal cluster is the easiest and most convenient method. The crystal cluster itself has very strong energy. It can not only purify the stone but also charge it. All we need to do is to place the stone on the crystal cluster overnight.
5. Charge in the moonlight
On the night of the full moon, place the crystals on a windowsill facing the moon. You can also place them outside if it is safe to do so. If needed, cover them with a glass jar or bowl to provide extra protection. Moonlight will charge the crystals overnight.
To wrap up
In conclusion, the tiger’s eye stone has been appreciated since ancient times and remains a beautiful stone today. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one of these beautiful stones, you will absolutely not regret it. We hope this article has given you the insight you need to find the perfect gift for a loved one.