About Tigers Eye

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  • Mineralogy and geology*
  • Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
  • Common Associations

Mineralogy and Geology of Tiger’s Eye

Pseudocrocidolite is a chatoyant golden-yellow fibrous quartz with included subparallel altered crocidolite fibers, known popularly as tiger’s eye, commonly interpreted as quartz pseudomorphous after crocidolite. Crocodilite and pseudocrocidolite were originally collected along the Orange River (South Africa) by German naturalist Martin Hinrich Lichtenstein (1780-1857) in 1803 [Lichtenstien 1811-12], and first described scientifically by the German chemist Martin Heinrich Klaproth (1743-1817) in 1811 [Klaproth at pp. 72-74 and pp.75-76].

More recent studies propose that the textures responsible for the shimmer of tiger's-eye do not represent pseudomorphic substitution of quartz after preexisting crocidolite asbestos. Rather, the tiger's-eye classically exemplifies synchronous mineral growth through a crack-seal vein-filling process

Named after: the name tiger’s eye is descriptive; the “eye” relates to the chatoyancy, and the “tiger” to its golden brown and darker brown striped appearance.

Type locality: South Africa


Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Tiger’s eye is said to bring together the energies of Earth and Sun, sand and light, providing great stability and grounding in all endeavors. It supports the earth star, base, sacral and solar plexus chakras. It has long been considered a protective stone. Tiger’s eye brings a grounded practical energy to support creative endeavors and self-esteem and confidence, a balancing stone.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – base through solar plexus.
  • Numerology - vibrates to the number 4
  • Zodiac – Capricorn
  • Birthstone – no association
  • Wedding Anniversary – no association


* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org

** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.

*** Metaphysical properties come from: 

Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.

The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.

Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.

Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.