Tiger eye, polished surface

Tiger eye, polished surface

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tiger-eye is a silicate mineral made of practically pure silica dioxide (SiO2). It is found in highly metamorphic rocks. It is a semi precious gemstone well known for it's silky, golden gloss (chatoyancy) and is often cut and polished into cabochons and trinkets. The polished surface here seen measures 85 x 62 mm.

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Keywords: cabochon, chatoyancy, fibrous, gemstone, gloss, golden, metamorphic, mineral, no-one, nobody, polished, rock, shine, silica, silicate, silky, tiger eye, trinket, trinkets

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