how to cut tiger eye stone
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What is tiger’s eye stone?
Tiger’s eye is a fibrous and opaque aggregate which exhibits an attractive iridescence. The chatoyancy enhances its silky luster particularly when cut en cabochon. But with tiger’s eye, even flat-cut stones will reflect small rays of light off the surface of stones.
How to clean a tiger鈥檚 eye?
Mix a tablespoon of the salt in an almost full bowl of water. Submerge the tiger鈥檚 eye and let it soak for several hours to even a few days. After that, take out the stone and rinse off the remaining salt by placing the stone under clean running water.
Why are tiger’s eye stones always cut en cabochon?
But with tiger’s eye, even flat-cut stones will reflect small rays of light off the surface of stones. Some stones may exhibit a strong cat’s eye effect which appears as single ray of light. Tiger’s eye is almost always cut en cabochon in order to maximize the desirable chatoyancy.
How can I change the color of my tiger’s eye gemstone?
Tiger’s eye gemstones are not normally treated or enhanced in any way. Some reddish or maroon colored stones may have been dyed or heated to improve color. In some rare cases, nitric acid can be used to lighten colors that are too dark.