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Tiger’s Eye Meaning, Properties and Benefits

Gemstone Spotlight: Tiger’s Eye

Tiger’s Eye Meaning, Properties and Benefits


What is Tiger’s Eye?

Tiger’s eye is the name given to a golden hued variety of quartz. Like most quartz, it has a mohs hardness of 7, meaning it’s pretty durable. Due to its iconic shine, tiger’s eye is one of the more easily identifiable gemstones, making it more popular than some of the other quartz varieties.

Tiger’s eye earned its name because it looks like the eye of a tiger (shocking, I know). This stunning gemstone exhibits a rare visual phenomenon called ‘chatoyance’. Chatoyance is the appearance of a light band, called a cat’s eye, that seems to shine from inside the gem. Other stones that exhibit this phenomenon are moonstone, apatite, opal, iolite and kyanite.

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Today, most tiger’s eye is mined in Africa but deposits have also been found in India, Mexico, Australia and the US (California and Arizona).

Red and Blue Tiger’s Eye

Although most commonly found as a yellow brownish stone, tiger’s eye also comes in red and blue varieties. To fully appreciate these varieties, let take a quick look at how this stone is formed.

Like I mentioned earlier, tiger’s eye is a form of quartz. This gemstone starts as a bluish grey mineral called crocidolite, that quartz forms around and eventually replaces. During replacement, iron dissolves and stains the quartz a yellow, golden-brown color… ta-dah, tiger’s eye!

Sometimes during mining, stones are found that still have the bluish grey mineral instead of the honey brown shades. We call this gemstone ‘hawk eye’ or blue tiger’s eye. 

Even more rarely, some stones are found transitioning from blue to yellow. This spectacular occurrence creates ‘pietersite’. 

Yet another variety is red tiger’s eye. Heat causes the yellow and brown hues to redden. Although this gemstone does occur naturally after wildfires and other events, it is more commonly the result of heat treatment in a lab.

Tiger’s Eye Meaning

Every gemstone is said to have “metaphysical” properties that enhance certain feelings or character traits. Each stone has unique qualities that can affect you in unique ways.* 

The meaning of tiger’s eye is as fascinating as the stone itself. Thought to represent the energies of the sun and the earth, this stone is considered very powerful.

Tiger’s eye benefits at a glance:

Manifests abundanceInstills willpowerNurtures compassionEnhances focusBrings emotional balancePromotes objective thinking

Tiger’s eye is said to be one of the stones of abundance. These stones are associated with living long, healthy, fulfilling lives. They are said to bring an abundance of love, money, luck and happiness. Tiger’s eye propels you towards abundance by establishing clear goals and honing the skills to accomplish those goals.

Energy from the Earth brings a steady, practical approach to thinking. These energies are considered grounding and expand your mind’s ability to focus. Enhanced focus leads to a deeper understanding of your goals, making it easier to set a path for success. 

Emotions can lead to poorly thought out, impulsive decisions. By balancing yin and yang energies (the positive and negative forces of the universe), emotional turbulence can be avoided. Tiger’s eye aids in solving problems objectively by reducing emotion-driven decisions, helping you stay on track.

It is said that this stone’s light, honey-colored glow is the sun’s energy radiating out. This energy brings enthusiasm, making a dull task seem easy and quick. A positive mindset removes fears that could be holding you back. A little extra motivation can help get you through tough times that would have otherwise felt impossible to manage.

Tiger’s eye is also thought to instill creativity and resourcefulness. It helps you to recognize your talents and to align tasks with your abilities. This boosts self confidence and courage.

Side Note: If you are interested in learning more about metaphysical properties of gemstones, one of the best reference books I use is “The Crystal Bible” by Judy Hall. 


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Tiger’s Eye Uses

With all of its grounding and positivity, tiger’s eye has many uses.

To benefit from tiger’s eye properties, you can keep a polished stone in your pocket or sleep with it under your pillow. Here at Kcrafts, we recommend wearing gemstone jewelry. Jewelry is a practical and creative way to be connected with gemstone properties!

This gemstone is representative of the 9th wedding anniversary. (View all wedding anniversary gemstones.)

Try wearing your tiger’s eye jewelry when trying new things for a boost in confidence or use it to bring clarity and creativity when you’re stumped on a problem.

This stone fosters calm, rational, compassionate leaders. Tiger’s eye is believed to encourage proper use of power making it great for those in management roles. Using its resourcefulness and encouraging nature, you can help others reach their full potential. 

The next time you make a resolution to better yourself, try this tiger’s eye affirmation “I act with confidence, clarity and fairness.”


In need of improved focus or building self confidence?

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*Medical Disclaimer: Gemstones should not be used as substitute for medical treatment. Just because a crystal or stone is alleged to have one or more healing properties, either physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, it does not mean that you, personally, will definitely experience, or benefit from, any such properties. Gemstones are not proven to help with any illness. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing a medical issue, seek professional medical advice.


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Meet the Author

Hi there! My name is Karina. I am the creator behind the handmade jewelry website, Kcrafts.net. It’s my goal that my customers feel comfortable and project confidence everyday! I accomplish that by sharing knowledge about gemstones and jewelry (mixed with a dash of motivation and fashion inspiration!).  Follow Kcrafts on social media or check out the shop to see what it’s all about.


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