The Halcraft Collection Tiger Eye Stone Beads are made from a well-known and well-loved stone that comes naturally in an undulating golden brown range of colors. Tiger Eye Stone forms in such a manner that it is fibrous, like a natural type of fiber optic glass (which is what “cat’s eye” glass beads are made from), so that when it is hit by light, the effect is a mirage of reflection, transparency and translucency that makes the stone look like it has the depth of an amber retina of the eye, like a tiger’s, thus the name.
As dyes have been improved over the last few decades, and as many dyes are embedded in stone more thoroughly through the use of kiln and pressure-dyed processes, we have found ways to brighten the dyes to really look great over the natural amber nature of tiger eye stone.
There are natural blue and red and yellow tiger eye stone beads (the natural blue is one of my favorite stones in the world), but these are very rare, and the majority of natural tiger eye found on Earth is in the amber variety.
Tiger eye is one of the most recognized semi-precious stones on Earth, in that it is easy to distinguish from glass knock-offs, in that the variance of light bending that natural tiger eye does is much more beautiful and interesting than what man-made fiberoptic beads can do.