Tiger Iron Pendant
Striking tiger iron pendant featuring a highly polished and meticulously chosen cabochon mounted in a fine sterling silver setting.
Tiger iron was formed over two billion years ago and is frequently mistaken for tigers eye. Although tigers eye is present in the stone, so is red jasper and the mineral hematite. The colours of tiger iron and tigers eye may be very similar but upon closer inspection you'll see the markings on the two are quite different.
This highly polished cabochon boasts distinctive stripes which are the layers within the original rock and it's also slightly chatoyant. Chatoyancy is an optical phenomenon caused by the reflectance of light on fibrous inclusions so to be able to really appreciate it, this tiger iron pendant must be gently moved so that it catches the light at various angles. The dark steely grey coloured sections are hematite which tells you immediately that it's not tigers eye.
Weight (grams): 19.5
Size (cms): 3.4 x 3.5 x 0.7