The gold tiger eye stone has got to be one of our favourite natural stones. When placed in the line of light, it has a beautiful luminescence that will capture the observer’s eye. A sharp streak of glow will line the bead, and we believe this is where its name may have arisen from. The reflective bands of light almost resemble those of a tiger/cat’s eye.
Traditionally, in some cultures, there was a concept of the “evil eye”. This basically means that a person could place a curse on someone if they are not happy with that person’s accomplishments/happiness. The “evil eye” is thought to arise from jealousy/envy. In order to protect against this, protective amulets were worn. It was believed certain amulets e.g those containing the horus eye could protect the Egyptians from the “evil eye”. In Indian traditions, wearing a black mark/kohl on the eyes could protect against the “evil eye”.
Similarly, because this bead has a resemblance to a tiger’s eye, it is thought that this stone could be a protective stone. The excerpt below gives examples of how this stone could have been used as a protective measure:
“Tiger’s Eye is a most ancient talisman, mysterious and powerful, revered and feared – an “all-seeing all-knowing eye,” thought to grant a wearer the ability to observe everything, even through closed doors. It was chosen by the Egyptians for the eyes in their deity statues to express divine vision, and was believed to provide the protection of the sun and earth combined, of Ra, the sun god and Geb, god of the growing land. Linked to the magical tiger, the king of beasts in Eastern mythology, Tiger’s Eye portrayed courage, integrity and right use of power. Roman soldiers carried it to deflect weapons and to be brave in battle. It has been highly regarded throughout history as a stone of prosperity and good fortune, protecting one’s resources and reflecting back malice or threats from others. [Mella, 78][Eason, 107][Hall, 288-289][101 Hall, 204]”
Due to the protection this stone is said to provide, we believe it could give the wearer confidence to focus on what they want to achieve in life with greater clarity. Protection increases confidence and the strength to face fears. It is also thought to increase calmness and reduce anxiety and stress. With this sort of combination, it is possible to get the creative juices flowing and really achieve your dreams. It could be very beneficial to entrepreneurs or those looking to start a new career.
“One of the most effective of the eye formation stones, Tiger’s Eye is ever vigilant, bringing sharpness to one’s inner vision and better understanding of the cause and effect of each situation. It encourages one to use their powers wisely, and allows scattered information to be brought together to a cohesive whole. Tiger’s Eye supports necessary change in all aspects of one’s life, strengthening the will and clarity of intention in order to manifest at the highest level. It inspires creativity and utilizing one’s talents and abilities, and is superb for stimulating wealth and the good judgement needed to maintain it. [Megemont, 177][Hall Cr, 69, 87][Hall, 288-289][Melody, 646][Mella, 78]”
As always, we love these natural stones and the mystical meanings behind the stones. Not only are they beautiful, but they also add an element of spirituality to our bracelets. These sort of myths have usually been passed down from various cultures and generations gone before us, however, please note that these natural tiger eye stones cannot be used to replace prescriptions or health care information. They may be useful to some as an aid to help healing. Furthermore, whether or not these natural stones do have the protective powers as believed by our ancestors, we will never know, but the mystery of it all excites us – which is why we love adding these beautiful tiger eye stone beads to our jewellery range.
Disclaimer: Traditional, Ceremonial and Mythological Gemstone Lore is collected from various resources and does not represent our sole opinion. This information is not to replace the advice of your doctor. Should you have any medical conditions, please see a licensed medical practitioner. Ephori London does not guarantee any claims or statements of healing or astrological birthstone powers and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.