Tigers Eye, Gold
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Mineralogy of Gold Tigers Eye
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Crystal System: Hexagonal/Trigonal
Streak: White, yellow-brown
Location: The most important Tigers Eye deposits are in South Africa. Additional deposits are in Australia, Burma, India, Nambia, and the United States (California).
Mineral Family: Gold Tigers Eye is a rare Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Tigers Eye is a semi-precious variety of Quartz that exhibits chatoyancy, or a vertical luminescent band. Most Tigers Eye is golden-brown, but it can also be red or blue. When it is combined with silver Hematite, it is called Tiger Iron.
Formation: Tigers Eye is formed when Quartz replaces the mineral Crocidolite (blue asbestos). As the Crocidolite decomposes, Iron is exposed and oxidized which transforms it into limonite. Tigers Eye is essentially limonite fibers embedded in Quartz. Early in the process the stone is still blue and is called Hawks Eye (or Blue Tigers Eye). As the process continues, the blue is gradually replaced by gold, and the stone is then called Gold Tigers Eye. If the Gold Tigers Eye is then heated, either by natural causes or artificially by humans, the stone’s color may become red, at which point it is called Red Tigers Eye.
Mining: Tigers Eye is mined from primary deposits, which are located in metamorphic rock. Tigers Eye is mined in an open pit setting, since Tigers Eye is found directly under the soil. Tigers Eye is the principal stone mined in the larger deposits in South Africa and Western Australia. In smaller deposits, the main purpose of a mine is more likely to be asbestos and Iron.
Enhancements: All Gold Tigers Eyes on the market are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Gold Tigers Eye
Gold Tigers Eye was generally not included in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. For most of history, Gold Tigers Eye was relatively rare, since the main deposits are in South Africa and western Australia. However, in modern times, Gold Tigers Eye’s distinctive flash, as well as its basic affordability and availability, has allowed its metaphysical properties to be widely explored.
In the ancient world, South African Gold Tigers Eye was sometimes traded North, and has been found in ancient Egyptian and Assyrian tombs, crafted as jewelry and talismans. On a few occasions, Gold Tigers Eye seems to have been used as the glowing gemstone eyes in statues of the Egyptian sun god Ra and the earth god Geb. It is thought to represent the “all seeing and all knowing eye” of these benevolent gods. Centuries later, some Roman soldiers supposedly carried Tigers Eye with them into battle, for courage and protection.
Gold Tigers Eye, and the more rare blue Hawks Eye and Red Tigers Eye, are famous for the way they seem to shimmer when moved. This trait is known in geology as “chatoyancy.” The term “chatoyant” is a combination of the French words for “cat” and “eye.” Tigers Eye’s bold gold coloring elevated it above a mere kitty, to instead honor the Tiger, the largest and most powerful member of the feline family.
Healing Properties of Gold Tigers Eye
Spiritual: Gold Tigers Eye gives us the strength and courage necessary to survive hard times. It can help us to trust in the Divine, that all is working out according to plan. It can also help us trust ourselves – and to know we have the ability to solve our problems and make a success of ourselves! Gold Tigers Eye reminds us that, “God helps those, who help themselves.” This shimmering stone also whispers to us that how we live in our everyday lives is our true religion and the way we conduct the most mundane activities is an expression of our soul’s health and strength. Gold Tigers Eye gently but firmly dares us to live empowered and to be fully alive to the beauty of the present moment. Gold Tigers Eye is attuned to the Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Capricorn. It is connected to the elements of Fire and Earth and vibrates to the number 4.
Emotional: Gold Tigers Eye brings gifts of confidence and self-awareness. It helps us to see and respectfully acknowledge our own wants and needs, as well as those of others. Gold Tigers Eye helps us to disassociate ourselves from negative people who sap our energy and to seek out friends who bring us joy and help us grow. It helps us balance out our own emotional highs and lows, finding instead a steady balance that feels good. Gold Tigers Eye can be a very helpful stone for group work and relationships, particularly when people have different viewpoints. This stone can help people to see their commonalities and to communicate more diplomatically.
Mental: Gold Tigers Eye’s energy is exceptionally practical and full of common sense, and can help to calm down emotional excesses. It encourages good business and financial sense. When placed in a cash register, it helps keep the till balanced! Gold Tigers Eye is an excellent stone for anyone studying finances or seeking to increase their net-worth. It helps us to budget, save, and make wise decisions that take into account both our present and future needs and desires. Gold Tigers Eye encourages us to be pragmatic, prepared, and ready for whatever life may bring. And, if life brings hardship, Gold Tigers Eye asks us to fight back and do whatever is necessary to create a good life for ourselves, our loved ones, and the world at large.
Physical: Gold Tigers Eye is used by metaphysical healers for general vitality and to reduce physical pain. It is commonly used to bring hormones and the body’s biochemistry into balance. It is often used to treat the adrenal glands and help align the spinal chord. It is believed to help mend broken bones and to treat reproductive disorders.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Gold Tiger Eye
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and short.
The Mine and the Lapidary’s Main Office are located in the same country.
The Lapidary’s Factory is in a different country.
This Gold Tiger Eye comes from a small mine in South Africa, most likely in Arizona.
Mining conditions would be relatively safe.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Gold Tiger Eye was polished in a Chinese Factory for an American company.
The Lapidary is a family-business run by two brothers who visit mines around the world.
In some locations, they polish the rough stones in the same country as the mine.
In other cases, they export the rough stones and have them polished in China.
In both cases, factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first encountered the US wholesaler at the 2015 Franklin, North Carolina Gem and Mineral Show. They carry a wide-variety of tumbled stones, both common and rare. The family is originally from Pakistan and was the first company to import K2, sky-blue Azurite from the famous mountain. When I first saw K2 I knew it was real, but didn’t know what it was and so approached one of the owners. He and I had an instant rapport.
Years later, we greet with a hug and he expects me to have questions about all his new stock. He tells me, with justifiable pride, about all the improvements he’s made to his business since we last spoke. In 2019, this source began to label all their stones with country-of-origin. When I asked him why, he told me that he listens to his customers and I keep asking him where all the stones come from.
Gold Tiger Eye Tumbled Stone
Color: Golden-brown with shimmery stripes. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Gold Tigers Eye
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