Tigers Eye Moon Cabochon C44
Discover enchantment with our captivating Tiger's Eye Moon Cabochons. Meticulously crafted, each moon-shaped gem showcases the unique beauty of Tiger's Eye. With its golden-brown hues and mesmerizing chatoyancy, these cabochons bring a touch of celestial elegance to your designs. Whether you're creating celestial-themed jewelry or infusing your creations with the strength and grace of a tiger, our Tiger's Eye Moon Cabochons are a versatile and captivating choice. Illuminate your designs with the timeless allure of these crescent gems, where every moon tells a tale of natural wonder and sophistication.
Chemical Composition: Tiger's Eye is a type of quartz that belongs to the chalcedony family. Its chemical formula is SiO2, representing silicon (Si) and oxygen (O). The unique chatoyant effect in Tiger's Eye is caused by the presence of parallel intergrowth of quartz crystals and fibrous structures, often of crocidolite.
Crystal System: Tiger's Eye has a trigonal crystal system. Its crystal structure is composed of tightly packed silica tetrahedra, forming hexagonal prisms with a cross-section resembling an ellipse.
Color: The distinctive golden to reddish-brown color of Tiger's Eye is a result of the pseudomorphic replacement of crocidolite fibers by silica. The chatoyancy, or 'cat's-eye' effect, is due to the parallel alignment of these fibers.
Hardness: On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, Tiger's Eye typically ranks between 6.5 and 7. This moderate hardness makes it suitable for various jewelry applications.
Luster: Tiger's Eye exhibits a silky to vitreous luster when polished, enhancing its visual appeal.
Transparency: Tiger's Eye is typically opaque but can exhibit some translucency, especially when thin slices are backlit.
Occurrence: Tiger's Eye is found in several locations worldwide, including South Africa, Australia, India, Burma, and the United States.
Geological Formation: Tiger's Eye forms through a process known as pseudomorphism, where one mineral replaces another without changing the original mineral's external form. In this case, fibrous crocidolite is replaced by quartz, resulting in the formation of Tiger's Eye.