Tiger Eye is a member of the quartz group, gaining a silky, lustrous appearance from the parallel intergrowth of quartz crystals and altered amphibole fibres that have mostly turned into limonite within the stone. This structure of these parallel fibers is preserved in the stone, creating the chatoyant "eye".
Tiger Eye is an ancient talisman, mysterious and powerful, revered and feared - an “all-seeing all-knowing eye,” thought to grant the wearer the ability to observe everything, even through closed doors. It was chosen by the Egyptians for the eyes in their deity statues to express divine vision and was believed to provide the protection of the sun and earth combined; of Ra, the sun god; and Geb, god of the growing land.
Linked to the magical tiger, the king of beasts in Eastern mythology, Tiger Eye portrayed courage, integrity and the right to the use of power when worn. Roman soldiers carried it to deflect weapons and to receive courage in battle. It has been highly regarded throughout history as a stone of prosperity and good fortune, protecting one’s resources and deflecting malice and threats from others.