Tiger's Eye has long been attributed to the true king of the jungle, the tiger, representing prosperity, strength and courage and has been used as a talisman since the early days of human civilization.
In the late 16th century, Tiger’s Eye was more precious than gold. It was so rare and strikingly beautiful that only tribal leaders and their immediate family possessed it for their ceremonial or wardresses.
It is believed that Tiger's Eye is a semi-precious variety of quartz exhibiting chatoyancy, a vertical luminescent band like that of a cat's eye. Tiger's eye is formed when parallel veins of crocidolite (blue asbestos) fibres are first altered to iron oxides and then replaced by silica. As a result it is more opaque, and has a rich yellow to brown colour. When cut en cabuchon, the gem has a fine lustre. The major source of Tiger's Eye is Griquatown West, in South Africa. It is also found at Wittenoom Gorge, Western Australia.
Roman soldiers wore the engraved tiger's eye to maintain bravery and protect them in battlefields. Legend also has it that Tiger's Eye is believed to assist in achieving clarity, aiding a successful business. Tiger's Eye is the Planetary stone for Gemini May 21-Jun. 20 and the accepted gem for the 9th wedding anniversary.
Tiger's Eye deals with issues of self-worth, self-criticism, and blocked creativity; and is excellent for people who are spaced out or uncommitted. Facilitating correct use of power, Tiger's Eye supports integrity and assists in accomplishing goals. It differentiates between wishful thinking and what one really needs, and assists in recognizing other people's needs.