The gemstone known as Tiger’s Eye is a form of chalcedony Quartz, but it didn’t start out as Quartz. It began as the fibrous blue mineral called crocidolite and was gradually transformed into Quartz while maintaining its fibrous formations. Tiger’s Eye is called just that to resemble a cat’s eye with its brown base and its golden yellow, light-catching shimmer. Tiger’s Eye comes primarily from South Africa and east Asia.
Healing Properties: The chosen material for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s own mala. It is folklored as a power stone. Tiger’s Eye has a wonderful reputation for attracting wealth, money, and luck. However, it has powerful spiritual uses as well. The liquid movement of light across the stone makes it an excellent tool for vision or divination work.
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Gemologically, natural Onyx is similar to other cryptocrystalline quartz and is much harder than some varieties sold as Onyx, which are much softer and are made of calcite. Onyx may be a multilayered black and white stone, usually with a black base and a white upper layer. Onyx is mined in the US, Italy and Mexico.
Healing Properties: Helps one to change bad habits and is a powerful healing and grounding stone. Black stone in the Feng Shui tradition is considered “Yin” and is folklore says it helps with emotional protection and increased power. It is associated with the root chakra.
Hematite, an iron oxide, derives its name from the Greek word for blood, since it is red when sliced thinly or powdered. Hematite is always opaque and is typically a blackish grey. It can be cut into cabochons or faceted, and engravings are particularly popular. Hematite was a traditional material for signet rings. When highly polished it can sometimes look like silver.
Healing Properties: Clears and focuses the mind, enhances memory, and aids in clarity of thought. It helps calm emotions and mental stress to allow for rational thought and decision making.