Tiger's Eye is the fibrous mineral Crocidolite that has been pseudomorphosized into quartz. In other words, Tiger’s Eye began as a Crocidolite, but later transformed itself into a quartz. Crocidolite is a variety of asbestos. It is a fibrous blue mineral. This transformation happened when quartz became rooted between the fibers of crocidolite, replacing crocidolite completely, while still retaining its original fibrous shape.
Tiger’s Eye is of the variety of macrocrystalline quartz and is described as opaque in its transparency.

Tiger's Eye is golden-brown or amber-yellow with a silky luster. However, most often it can come in multicolor, with brown, black or golden colored stripes and wavy patterns.
Tiger’s Eye also displays a beautiful iridescence.

Two gemstones related to Tiger’s Eye are Hawk's Eye and Pietersite.
Tiger’s Eye as a matter of fact is derived from Hawk’s Eye. One big difference however that distinguishes between Tiger’s Eye and Hawk’s Eye is the color. Hawk’s Eye is more greyish blue, whereas Tiger’s Eye is of a brownish golden color.

There may also be elements of brownish-red or metallic grey Hematite or yellow Limonite in the Tiger's Eye. These often form stripes, streaks, or patterns within the stone. These stones are then called Tiger's Eye Matrix or Tiger Iron.

“Tiger’s Eye Matrix” is the trade name of Tiger’s Eye gemstone cut and polished in its host rock-matrix.
“Tiger’s Iron” refers to a variety of Tiger’s Eye composed of Red Jasper, and Black Hematite. And when cut and polished in its host rock, it is sold as “Tiger’s Iron Matrix.”

Pietersite is a variety of Tiger's Eye. It is a rare type of gemstone composed mostly of hawk's eye and tiger's eye. It is dark grey with distinctive swirls or streaks of gold or orange.

Pietersite is a term used to describe brecciated tiger's eye. It is made up of fragments of tiger's eye and/or hawk's eye embedded in a matrix. Its chatoyancy is described as chaotic as opposed to the linear chatoyancy seen in Tiger's Eye and Hawk's Eye.

Like all quartz, Tiger’s Eye has a good hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale. It is durable and is often cut en cabochon, ovals, pear and round shapes. It is also made into ornaments like flower pins and animal carvings.

Tiger's Eye deposits can be found in Thailand, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Korea, Burma, Namibia, Spain and in the United States.

Tiger’s Eye has been known for thousands of years. It was used as a warrior's stone. Warriors used Tiger’s Eye as a protective talisman and also as a giver of courage.

Roman soldiers wore Tiger's Eye for protection in battle. It is said to protect the wearer from evil and diseases, too. Tiger’s Eye was often worn by children for protection against the evil eye.

Since ancient times, Tiger’s Eye was considered to be a bringer of good luck and fortune. It was used by scholars and wisdom seekers as well as merchants and traders.

It was revered as the "all-seeing and all-knowing eye". It has been used for its medicinal and mystical properties.

It was believed that placing Tiger’s Eye on the third eye chakra when the moon is in the constellation of Gemini, it could enhance psychic abilities, intuition, extra sensory perception and clarity of thought.

Tiger’s Eye was thought to help people with vision problems and increase their ability to focus. It is a soothing stone as it calms nerves and also alleviates any pain in the lungs.

When cleaning your Tiger’s Eye, use only warm water and a mild soap or detergent.

Avoid contact with bleach, ammonia and sulfuric acids and keep it away from perfume spray and hairspray.

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[FINAL NOTE: the gold Tiger’s Eye ring belonged to the King himself: Elvis Presley.]