Sculpted from a raw block of tiger's eye, this free-form stone flashes gold to bronze to deep brown. It is framed by four simple prongs and sits on a shiny double band.
Size US 9
sterling silver, tiger's eye
Tiger's eye, like its relative hawk's eye, are pseudomorphs of quartz, which means they changed from one mineral to another over time. Tiger's eye started out as crocidolite and was transformed into quartz with a high iron content, which is where it gets its golden honey coloration. The fibrous composition of crocidolite causes a silky, layered-looking structure and catches the light in fascinating ways. Usually reflecting in stripes and bands, this effect is known as 'chatoyance.' It occurs when very thin layers of a mineral sit parallel to each other and to the overall axis of the crystalline structure.