Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
Anyone who loves and admires felines will appreciate our next healing gemstone, Tiger’s Eye.
A member of the quartz family, Tiger’s Eye is typically a golden-brown banded opaque stone found chiefly in South Africa, Australia, and Thailand.
This powerful, mysterious talisman was once thought able to grant the wearer ability to see even through closed doors. Egyptians placed it in the eye sockets of their deity statues; Roman soldiers carried it into battle to deflect weapons.
Relatively durable (6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness), Tiger’s Eye today is a popular gemstone for jewelry, ranging from cuff links to pendants, rings, and bracelets. Typically cut into cabochons to take full advantage of its silky luster, Tiger’s Eye is said to promote harmony, release fear, enhance creativity, and endow its wearer with courage.
Tigers (or even house cats) are the epitome of patience (or is it intuition?), waiting and watching for that perfect second to pounce. Tiger’s Eye gives its wearer similar intuition, restoring faith in one’s deepest self, filtering out distractions, and boosting belief in our ability to accomplish our goals.
Metaphysical healers believe Tiger’s Eye helps with eye and bone problems, may alleviate depression and nightmares, boosts the endocrine system, and can help lower blood pressure.
Tiger’s Eye grounds the solar energy into the earth and stimulates the lower chakras, supporting physical vitality, practicality, and balance among extremes.
While not a traditional birthstone, Tiger’s Eye is a natural birthstone for those born in midsummer (July 22-Aug. 21) and a zodiac stone for those born under Gemini (May 21-June 20). Golden crystals are said to bring success, enthusiasm, and happiness.
Feng Shui practitioners urge the placement of Tiger’s Eye in the south area of a home or room (fame, reputation) to take advantage of its fire or Yang energy.
Avoid harsh cleaning chemicals — even hairsprays and perfume — around your Tiger’s Eye gemstones. Protect them inside a fabric-lined jewelry box overnight.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and various other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!