Tiger’s Eye stone is a popular stone, one that is often pushed on people because of the many ways it can be helpful to those who have it, hold it, or wear it.
But Tiger’s Eye is not for everyone, and there are those who should not wear Tiger Eye Stone.
In this article, you’ll learn about what Tiger Eye stone is, how to care for it, what it can do for you, and who should avoid it.
What is Tiger’s Eye Stone?
Tiger Eye stone (also called Tiger’s Eye) is a gemstone well known for its unique golden to reddish-brown appearance and metaphysical properties.
Tiger Eye is actually is a member of the quartz group.
Sometimes people even confuse tiger’s eye with agate.
Many people don’t realize it, but physically Tiger’s Eye just isn’t that different from the other kinds of quartz.
Like other kinds of quartz, Tiger Eye is a fairly hard material (around a 7 on the Mohs scale), and it hold up well.
Who Should Not Wear Tiger Eye Stone?
Positive Impact on Fertility
Tiger Eye Stone is believed to have a positive impact on fertility.
While we can’t say that it “heals” anything or changes anything, it is recommended that folks who are struggling with conceiving wear it or keep it around.
If you are not interested in having children, but are being less than careful with birth control, we don’t recommend that you wear Tiger Eye stone.
Tiger Eye is a stone governed by the Sun and Mars.
While you might not have an issue with wearing the stone, some folks recommend against wearing it or having it around if your zodiac sign is Taurus, Libra, Capricorn, Aquarius, or Virgo.
Masculine vs Feminine Energy
Tiger Eye (like many golden stones) assist to enhance masculine energy.
This may or may not be desirable for you, depending on your current situation.
We are all about balance, and finding the right balance for each person.
If you are a person who needs more masculine energy to balance yourself, this is a stone that will help.
But if you are looking for less masculine energy, this is one you might want to avoid.
Tiger Eye is an active and energetic stone.
There are those who actually struggle to sleep while wearing it, or having spent a lot of time wearing it.
If you are struggling with insomnia or bad dreams, we recommend that you not wear Tiger Eye.
Finally, anyone who has any trouble with wearing quartz in general should avoid Tiger Eye.
Is Tiger Eye Safe to Wear?
Yes, with some caveats.
It is helpful to understand why you need to be careful with your pieces of Tiger Eye.
Tiger Eye (like many materials) contains some elements that humans should not ingest, breath in, or come into contact excessively with on the skin.
Malachite is one of those types of materials, due to the high level of copper found in the stone.
Copper is pretty toxic, and not something we humans want to much of in our system.
As a result, we recommend against soaking malachite in water, or licking the stone to bring out the color as some people do.
Every stone is different, but it is possible that your piece of Tiger Eye contains asbestos.
That being said, even if the piece contains asbestos, you shouldn’t have to worry so long as you:
- don’t eat pieces of the stone
- don’t breath in particulate matter from grinding/polishing/working with the stone
- don’t grind up the stone to drink with water
- don’t put it in the bath with you
- don’t put it in the water you intend to drink
- seal any stone you plan to wear or handle regularly so that there is a barrier between your skin and the material
While the risk of being harmed from the asbestos in Tiger Eye is pretty low, especially if you follow our recommendations, anyone who is especially sensitive to or concerned about asbestos should avoid Tiger Eye.
We also recommend that people who work in a wet environment, or have a piece of Tiger Eye that would likely end up wet a lot of the time (like on the wrist or hand), avoid Tiger Eye.
What About Cleansing the Stone?
It is fairly common practice for folks to soak their crystals/gemstones/rocks in water overnight or for even longer periods of time to cleanse them, to recharge them, to detoxify them.
Despite the recommendations, we don’t suggest that you soak Tiger Eye.
While soaking shouldn’t hurt the stone given its hardness level, due to the potential to harm the seal on the stone(s) preventing your skin from coming into contact with any toxin contain in the stone (like asbestos), we recommend that you consider another method.
Burying the stone, meditation, sitting the stone in natural light (like moonlight), smudging, or even singing would be better for this piece.
If you are person who relies heavily on cleansing their stones/crystals in water (regular plain water or in a salt water solution), we don’t recommend that you wear Tiger Eye.
What is Tiger Eye Good For?
The list of ways that wearing, holding, or having Tiger Eye in your home would be the subject of an entire series of articles.
In general, Tiger Eye is thought to be a stone of power and strength, a stone of action. It is a stone that can help amplify the positive, and shield you from the negative.
It is recommended for folks that want to achieve, to start, to change, to heal, to push, to move forward in life.
Think of words like: boost, increase, create, opportunity, abundance, inspire, sharpen, goals, amplify, ambition, bravery, confidence, control, grow, dreams, desires, commitment, determination, and courage.
While some people enjoy telling you just what a material will do for you in general, we like to encourage people to focus on what a particular stone does for them in their life.
This means taking your time in selecting a piece of Tiger Eye, and not just buying any piece of jewelry that you can find off the shelf or online.
Tiger Eye is a stone of power and action.
There are few cases that Tiger Eye wouldn’t be valuable at least in some way.
That being said, take a look carefully at what it is you are trying to do with your stones, gems, and crystals.
What sort of result are you looking for?
While Tiger Eye may be a decent stone, there may be other stones that are more ‘on point’ for what you hope to achieve.
In general, we only recommend that you wear Tiger Eye if you understand what it can do and why in particular you are wearing it.
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