Tiger's eye is the chatoyant version of quartz that possesses radiant bands of silky gold and brown. Its unique swirls of honey and chocolate makes this stone an instantly recognizable treat for gem lovers.
Tiger's eye from the Cape Province of South Africa reveals a remarkable swirl of gold, chocolate and black that mixes together to form a silky golden brown stone. The technical term for the tiger's eye or cat's eye effect is chatoyancy, from the French for "eye of the cat" (oeil de chat). Fibrous inclusions perfectly align in this variety of quartz allowing the gem to display a remarkable inner glow. To maximize the beauty of this effect, most tiger's eye is cut in a cabochon style.
LOCATION: South Africa
Tiger's eye deposits can be found in Australia, China, Namibia, South Africa and parts of the United States. The largest commercial deposits are located in South Africa and East Asia. We source our Tiger's eye gemstones in South Africa's Cape Province mine.