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Tiger's eye and Hawk's eye gemstones

Tiger's eye and Hawk's eye gemstones

C016/4861

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Credit

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Tiger's eye and hawk's eye gemstones. These gemstones are formed when the mineral crocidolite (blue asbestos) is replaced by quartz. Hawk's eye (bottom) retains the original blue colour while tiger's eye (top) contains a residue of iron oxide, forming a golden to red-brown colour.

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