tiger's eye - South Africa
tiger's eye - South Africa

Tiger's Eye Value, Price, and Jewelry Information


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 Hawks Eye. There are also pieces with both colors.

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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.

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.

Sources

Australia; China; Namibia; South Africa; England, UK; United States.


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