|Tiger Iron Egg. Tiger Iron is a combination of Tiger eye with Hematite.
A variety of quartz, Tiger Eye exhibits classic chatoyancy, a vertical luminescent band like a cat’s eye. It is formed when parallel veins of crocidolite (blue asbestos) fibers are first altered to iron oxides and then replaced by silica. Hawk’s Eye is similar to Tiger Eye except the crocidolite is not altered by iron oxides and retains its original blue color. A major source of tiger eye is Griquatown West, South Africa. In Australia, it combines with red jasper and hematite and is called Tiger Iron. Metaphysically, Tiger Eye is used for insight and protection.
A dense and relatively hard iron oxide, hematite is the most important iron ore because of its high iron content (70%) and its abundance. The Lake Superior district is the world’s largest producer, but other major deposits are found in Brazil, Australia, and China. Much hematite is a soft, fine grained, earthy form called red ocher, which is used as pigment. Purified hematite, called rouge, is used to polish plate glass and jewelry. The word hematite is derived from the Greek, haimatitis, meaning “blood red”, the color hematite streaks. Ancient cultures used hematite for blood disorders and wounds. The iron oxides have strong astringent and styptic properties.