Tiger’s eye is a chatoyant gemstone. Its iridescent silky luster is caused by the reflection of light within the material’s thin fibrous bands. A member of the quartz group of chalcedonies, tiger’s eye typically displays glossy alternating bands of yellow and brown, which resemble the eye of a tiger.
Van Cleef & Arpels rigorously selects stones with harmoniously alternating light and dark colors mainly from South Africa. Their fibers must be regular, without black dots or wavy areas.
Roman soldiers wore tiger's eye for protection in battles. This unique stone was thought to be all seeing due to its appearance.
Tiger’s eye is said to be beneficial for health and spiritual well-being. It is the gemstone for the 9th wedding anniversary.
Maintaining your tiger’s eye:
Tiger’s eye should only be cleaned with a soft, dry cloth. Avoid exposure to chemicals, especially acids. Store your tiger’s eye jewelry away from harder stones.