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Information about Red Tigers Eye
This is a chatoyant gemstone – a type of metamorphic rock characterised by a deep red colour – although Tigers Eye also occurs in a golden colour, and even a blue colour.
The red colouration is caused by golden Tigers Eye being heated – whether this occurs naturally underground in volcanic heat, or is part of a heat treatment done by man to create a ‘rarer’ gemstone.
Tigers Eye is actually formed from a mineral called Crocidolite, which pseudomorphs into Quartz over time. As the Crocidolite is replaced, traces of Iron remain – the less Iron remains, the bluer the stone. The more iron, the closer to the the common golden colour.
Crocidolite is actually a form of Asbestos, but don’t worry – Tigers Eye is a pseudomorph and is perfectly safe to handle – the asbestos has been replaced with Quartz. Anyone wishing to work with the stone in a lapidary workshop should obviously take all the proper precautions.
The contrasting bands of colour and silky lustre make a beautiful and comforting pattern which reminds me of the surface of Mars, or a volcanic lake. It is mainly used for jewellery making and ornamentation, and is usually cut into cabochons or pendants.
Spirituality and Crystal Healing with Red Tigers Eye
It is thought to be ideal for increasing self confidence and self esteem, and providing motivation to those who have a little trouble with their ‘get up and go’.
It is considered to be a stimulating stone, and may help with relationship and sex problems.
It is sometimes known as Ox Eye or Dragons Eye, and is associated with the Root or Base chakras.