Tiger Eye

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Tiger Eye is a quartz variant primarily known for the golden color and dancing light effect known as chatoyancy. The golden crystalline structure seems to shimmer and dance as lines of light move across the stone. This is the result of tiny parallel fibers in the material which reflect light perpendicular to their orientation. The effect results in a straight band of light which moves up and down the fiber direction when either the light source or the material itself is moved.

Our material is from South Africa. Tiger Eye is a unique mineral in that it is a pseudomorph - a mineral with an irregular or atypical crystalline formation that is the result of one mineral replacing another but maintaining the same crystalline structure as the original. Quartz does not form in fiberous bands but after it replaces previous fibrous minerals, it retains the fibrous structure and light play effect.

It shows exceptionally well in ear weights where the movement allows maximum light play. It works great for labrets, both round (6mm and up) and oval (8mm and up), and septum spikes. 



Video of Tiger's Eye chatoyancy in sunlight