Tiger Iron, sometimes called Mugglestone, is a combination of Gold Tiger Eye, Hematite and Red Jasper. Its name refers to the composition of the stone, Tiger Eye and Hematite which is a stone rich in iron. Traditionally it has been used as a grounding stone to build stamina and encourage creative expression.
Tiger iron is an altered rock composed chiefly of tiger’s eye, red jasper and black hematite. The undulating, contrasting bands of colour and lustre make for an attractive motif and it is mainly used for jewellery-making and ornamentation. Tiger iron is a popular ornamental material used in a variety of applications, from beads to knife hilts.
Tiger iron is mined primarily in South Africa and Western Australia. Tiger’s eye is composed chiefly of silicon dioxide (SiO2) and is coloured mainly by iron oxide. The specific gravity ranges from 2.64 to 2.71. It is formed by the alteration of crocidolite.