Surprisingly Tactile Wonderfully Chatoyant
Polished tigers eye from South Africa, fascinatingly chatoyant on both sides of the stone. Chatoyance is an optical phenomenon that can be seen in certain minerals but is best known for its present in chrysoberyl and tigers eye. It's extremely difficult to capture chatoyance in a photograph but you can see it in this tigers eye in the clip on our Facebook page.
Also known as tiger eye, this stone is an old time favourite in the world of rocks and minerals and most of the world's supply comes from South Africa and Western Australia. A variety of the mineral quartz, it's used mostly as a lapidary material and whilst the brown and yellow variety is easily recognised, black and red can also be produced with the application of heat. Black tigers eye is particularly distinctive and retains its chatoyant qualities but the red stone which is not seen as often does not exhibit chatoyance.
This tigers eye stone is a lovely piece that's sure to be appreciated by anyone who loves polished rocks and minerals. To zoom in even closer drop by our page on Flickr where you'll find our original sized photograph.
Weight (grams) : 64.9
Size (cms) : 5.9 x 4 x 1.1