The family that includes Tiger Eye are banded quartz, which have a beautiful chatoyancy that arises from fibrous inclusions of amphibole fibres or crocidolite (asbestos), which makes them appear banded. The basic colour of banded quartz is blue / black, (see "Hawks Eye") which contains fibres of blue / black asbestos (crocidolite). When this mass oxidises, the crocidolite turns to limonite and forms the yellow / brown fibres known as Tiger Eye. Sometimes Hawks and Tiger Eye stones are found combined in layers - a stunning material! Two other common forms of banded quartz arise from the same base material: Bulls Eye, which is deep red /brown and contains iron in the asbestos mix; and Cats Eye, which is a paler grey/green and has a lower concentration of crocidolite (and see their own sections). Banded quartz are also found within mixes and masses including: Pietersite (formed from brecciated Hawks Eye, Tiger Eye and quartz) and Tiger Iron (formed from bands of Tiger Eye, red jasper, hematite and yellow jasper).
Tiger Eye is a great carrier of the Gold Ray and of the Christ energies. It is a stone of courage and of sacrifice and brings great strength and commitment to ones life and path. Strongly supportive of the Solar Plexus chakra and the mental (thinking) body, this is also a great crystal for the student, thinker and creative writer. It also supports the ego-self (in the best sense of the word!) know and understand their true nature and place in the world. Its deep brown colours also help ground us into the Earth and connect with the myriad forms of support we can gain from being properly and fully grounded.