A Writers Guide to Tiger’s Eye

tiger's eye

tiger’s eye

Tiger’s eye is a golden to reddish-brown colored type of quartz that exhibits chatoyancy, a luminous streak of reflected light that is perpendicular to the direction of the fibers. It has a silky lustre. The gemstone is created when silica is replaced with crocidolite (blue asbestos).

The name Tiger’s eye comes from the bands in the stone resembling the eye of tiger.

Tiger iron is a rock comprised of tiger’s eye, red jasper, and black hematite.

When only partial silicification takes place a blue variant forms, called Hawk’s eye, Falcon’s Eye, and Blue Tiger Eye.

History and Lore

  • Roman soldiers wore tiger’s eye for protection in battle.

Magical and Mystical Properties include

Tiger’s Eye

  • alleviating cold and flu symptoms
  • healing eye disorders
  • relieving migraines
  • relieving bronchitis and asthma
  • aiding in night vision
  • balancing emotions
  • bringing clarity and focus
  • gaining insight
  • protecting travelers
  • helping to obtain goals
  • aiding in clear thinking
  • attracting money and wealth
  • attracting good luck
  • protecting against dark magic
hawk's eye

hawk’s eye

Hawk’s Eye

  • enhancing communication
  • helping to organize thoughts and ideas
  • aiding with intuition
  • aiding with protection
  • attracting good luck
  • aiding in astral projection

Tiger’s eye should not be worn for more than a few days in a row or it will begin to stem the flow of the wearer’s energy.

Discharging & Recharging

Discharge tiger’s eye and hawk’s eye after being used for healing by running water over the stone. Recharge by placing it in the sun for a few hours. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)

This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.

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  1. Neato stuff. Pretty also, but I like the pomegranate looking one the best so far.

  2. It looks almost like wood.

  3. Tiger's Eye is a beautiful stone.

  4. When used to make beaded jewelry, I was obsessed with tiger's eyes beads. Love the stone! Happy Easter, Holly!

  5. It does kind of look like petrified wood. Very pretty.

  6. Hi Holly .. I've always loved tiger's eye .. but you given us some wonderful extra information here .. the blue variant being Hawk's eye ..

    Thanks – Hilary

  7. Don't need my energy zapped!

  8. that is a gorgeous stone, and I don't think I've ever seen Hawk's eye! I'd love to see that… Your posts have been so interesting. Thanks, Holly! :o) <3

  9. I love the streaks of color in Tiger's eye!

  10. I've never heard of Hawk's Eye – very interesting!

  11. Chatoyancy…another great word! My boys love tiger's eye.

  12. It's no wonder gems are 'precious'. We put much store in their qualities.

  13. I've always liked Tiger Eye and Hawk's Eye sounds beautiful too. I wonder how they came up with “chatoyancy”. Chatoyant seems like it could be a french word for catlike? I'm just extrapolating of course.

  14. That is a beautiful stone. I wonder why they call it tiger's eye when its color is closer to a tiger's hide.

  15. This has been my favorite gem since I was a child. My boyfriend made me a mala with tiger's eye beads, so it's always close to my heart!

  16. can u tell me me that is it good for aquarius or not?

    and i read somewhere that tiger’s eye should not be worn more than 7 days.

    is this true?

    1. As I mentioned in my post, tiger’s eye should only be worn for a few days at a time because it “stems the flow of energy.” Tiger’s Eye is typically associated with Virgo, but a several websites on the Internet include tiger’s eye as an Aquarius birthstone.

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