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Tigers Eye Bracelets (Red)£1.95
Tigers Eye cabochons (Red)£1.50 – £5.00
Tigers Eye Palmstones (Red)£5.00 – £6.00
Tigers Eye Tumblestones (Red)£1.50
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.