No other stone evokes a big cat peering through the trees quite like Tiger Eye. Tiger Eye gemstone beads display lustrous, chatoyant stripes of brown and golden yellow. These beautiful stripes shimmer and change in different lighting conditions. This gives tiger eye beads such beautiful vibrancy and movement!
Tiger Eye is especially common in South Africa, but can be found in various locations around the world. Tiger Eye is a fibrous variety of chalcedony that exhibits a property called chatoyancy, which is an optical effect that produces vertical, shimmering bands. Tiger Eye is a type of quartz, made up of silica. The chatoyancy of the stone is caused by altered amphibole (an inosilicate) fibers that have over time become limonite.