Tiger Iron (banded iron formation)
Size (cms) : 2.4 - 4.2
Tiger Iron Banded Iron Formation (BIF)
Highly polished tiger iron tumbled stones in small to medium sizes.
Some tiger iron can look similar to the mineral tigers eye but it's not the same stone. Tiger iron is correctly known as a banded iron formation (BIF) which occurs in rocks about 1.8 to 2.5 billion years old. The stone is made up of layers of minerals rich in iron. Widely used for decorative purposes tiger iron consists mostly of hematite or magnetite, red jasper and tigers eye.
Banded iron formations are believed to have formed prior to oxygen being present in earth's atmosphere. Oxygen which was being given off as a waste product by microscopic aquatic organisms reacted with dissolved iron in the seawater. That led to the development of iron oxides on the seafloor which gradually became banded formations rich in iron and silica. A common iron oxide is rust which is a chemical compound of iron and oxygen.
The name mugglestone seems to be in use as an alternative to tiger iron. Having carried out extensive research we can find no connection between the name, the stone and the village of Mucklestone. Mugglestone is said to have been named after this small village in Staffordshire (UK).
Our highly polished tiger iron tumbled stones come from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. This is the only place in the world where the banded iron formation known as tiger iron can be found. Some pieces feature exceptional colour and markings.
As with all tumbled stones weights and sizes do vary from piece but they're classed as a medium sized stone. Some are smaller than others so we've split sizes into small and medium.
Empathic warriors are stones which have at some point in time sustained some kind of damage, usually a chip or fracture. With rocks and minerals having evolved over millions of years we do not believe in throwing them away. These pieces are available to buy at a significantly reduced price. Empathic warriors are not always available. More information can be found in our article on empathic warrior crystals.
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