Tiger’s Eye Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

tiger's eye - South Africa
Tiger's Eye (Quartz): South Africa (rough mass ~ 3 inches long; blue and red cabochons are dyed). Photo © Joel E. Arem, PhD, FGA. Used with permission.

Tiger's Eye Value

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Tiger's Eye Information

NameTiger's Eye
Is a Variety ofQuartz
VarietiesFalcon's Eye
Colors Golden brown (Tiger's eye); Blue (Hawk's eye); some pieces show both colors.
Fracture Conchoidal
Hardness 7
Cleavage None
Wearability Very Good

Crocidolite, (blue asbestos,) alters to quartz, but while retaining its fibrous structure. This material is frequently stained by iron, giving it a golden brown color. We know this material as tigers eye. Unstained pieces, retaining their original blue color, are called Hawk’s Eye. There are also pieces with both colors.