Courage, Clarity, Focus
Formation and History of Tiger's Eye
Tiger’s Eye is a reddish brown member of the quartz family named after its resemblance to the animal’s eye. The stone is created when quartz takes over and replaces crocidolite. This formation leaves finely fibrous quartz, creating a chatoyancy effect. Chatoyancy, also called the “Cat’s Eye” phenomena, is when there are parallel rays within a stone that reflect a strip of light on the surface of the stone. When held up to the light these bands seem to move.
In the 16th century, Tiger’s Eye was considered more valuable than gold. Eventually, more mines were discovered in the 1900s making Tiger’s Eye more affordable. Tiger’s Eye is most commonly found in South Africa and Australia, but it can also be found in the United States, Brazil, Canada, China, Korea and Spain.
Legends of the Stone of Courage
Thought to be ‘all seeing’, this stone was believed to ward off the Evil Eye. In ancient Egypt, Tiger’s Eye was often chosen to represent eyes in the statues they built of their deities to provide divine vision. The gold bands within Tiger’s eye were also believed to offer protection from the sun and earth through Ra, the sun god and Geb, the god of the growing land. This led to the belief that Tiger’s Eye contains both the energy of sun and earth; a masculine and feminine balance. Legend also has it that the stone holds the power of the sun when at its highest peak. It is also said that Roman soldiers wore Tiger’s Eye on their breast plates during battle to deflect weapons and to symbolize bravery.
Tiger’s Eye also honors Freyja, the Norse Goddess of beauty and love. She looks over the souls of warriors who die in battle and reunites them with their wives after death. She is most commonly depicted in a chariot pulled by two black cats. Another Goddess that is honored through Tiger’s Eye is Sekhmet, the Egyptian Goddess of war. She is depicted with the head of a lion and the body of a woman.
The historical meaning of this stone holds true today. Tiger’s Eye is believed to promote courage, and increase clarity and focus of the mind. It is also said to strengthen confidence in the wearer.
Although this stone is believed to enhance these qualities, confidence and bravery already live within you. There is a reason that we incorporated Tiger’s Eye when designing all of our classic Luna Norte pieces, and that’s because it is beautiful and versatile, no matter the season or occasion. For the perfect layering pieces, you can wear the Earth, Wind, and Fire Necklace or our classic Bermuda Triangle Dainty Collar Necklace in Tiger’s Eye. To make a bold statement in your home or office, place the Carpe Diem Crystal Set as a reminder to ‘seize the day’.