Tigers Eye, Red (South Africa)
Fearlessly take on any challenge.
Delight in the beauty of the physical body.
Be grounded and confident in your relationships.
Feel sexy and ready to give and receive pleasure.
Let Red Tigers Eye ignite your personal power!
Mineralogy of Red Tigers Eye
Mineral Family: Tectosilace
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, Namibia, and the United States (California).
Mineral Family: Red 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 Clear Quartz. Early in the process, the stone is blue, and is often 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 its primary deposit, which is located in metamorphic rock. Tigers Eye is mined in an open pit setting, since Tigers Eye is found directly under the soil.
Enhancements: Most Red Tigers Eye on the market have been created by heat-treating Gold Tigers Eye stones. While Red Tigers Eye does occur naturally, it is much more rare.
History of Red Tigers Eye
Red Tigers Eye is a relatively “new” healing stone whose properties have only recently begun to be explored. As a result, it was not included in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. The name Tigers Eye is a reference to the distinctive luminescent stripes that makes this stone so easy to identify.
For more information see: Gold Tigers Eye
Healing Properties of Red Tigers Eye
Spiritual: Red Tigers Eye helps us to link our physical body with our spiritual beliefs. It encourages us to “sweat our prayers” through dance, feats of athleticism, Tantric sex, and other physical activities. It teaches us to trust our bodies, especially the good instincts we can feel in our gut. Red Tigers Eye reminds us that how we live in our everyday lives is our true religion and how we conduct the most mundane activities is an expression of our soul’s health and strength. This shimmering stone gently but firmly dares us to live empowered and fully alive to the beauty of the present moment. Red 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: Red 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. Red Tigers Eye is particularly helpful for anyone suffering from issues related to body image. Red Tigers Eye helps us to see ourselves more accurately, assessing our natural beauty and strength and ignoring society’s current ideals. It also helps us to explore issues around guilt and shame associated with sexuality and sensuality. Red Tigers Eye celebrates the body and its urges us to do the same with joy and courage!
Mental: Red Tigers Eye is a wonderful balancing stone, helping us to see things clearly and not go to extremes. Its energy is exceptionally practical and full of common sense, and can help to calm down emotional excesses. Red Tigers Eye helps us to see the middle path, and the common ground between ideas and people, and to bridge those differences for the Highest Good of all concerned. It is particularly good for helping us to navigate the sometimes treacherous waters caused by family discords or arguments over finances.
Physical: Red Tigers Eye is said to help stimulate the metabolism and aid in weight loss. It is commonly used by metaphysical healers to increase libido and to treat physical problems which manifest as a result of sexual trauma and abuse. It is also believed to help fortify the blood and regulate hormones.
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These Red Tigers Eye were mined and tumbled in South Africa.
I met the owner of the South African tumbling company at the 2014 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. This company only sells tumbled stones twice a year, once at the Tucson show and later at the Sainte Marie Aux Mines International Mineral and Gem Expo in Provence, France. They offer the largest selection of high quality tumbled stones in the industry and are one of my favorite suppliers.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Red Tigers Eye for you.
This price is for one stone.
You can buy a single Red Tigers Eye or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Red Tigers Eye measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be smooth and free of chips, and have a beautiful red and grey stripes that “flash.” If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
With their flashing colors and clean energies, these Red Tigers Eye are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, use them in a crystal elixir, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.
What You Should Know:
- Red Tigers Eye can be used in elixirs and oil essences – it is safe to drink “Red Tigers Eye water” or bathe in it.
- Red Tigers Eye can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
- Red Tigers Eye can be energetically cleansed with fresh or salt water. Soaking in moonlight or starlight, or smudging with smoke (typically sage) is also effective. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Safe Handling of Red Tigers Eye
Red Tigers Eye contains Asbestos. While in tumbled or polished form it may be considered safe to handle, it should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Red Tigers Eye water” for drinking or bathing. Asbestos is a dangerous poison. You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.
Good To Know:
Red Tigers Eye are physically durable stones. As long as they are rounded and without thin edges, they can be carried in a pocket or medicine bag, or worn as jewelry on an everyday basis, without significant danger of the stone chipping or breaking.
Red Tigers Eye can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Red Tigers Eye can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Red Tigers Eye can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color, especially if the stone is opaque, rather than translucent or transparent. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
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