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 do I cut and Polish tiger’s eye gemstones?
When cutting and polishing Tiger’s Eye gemstones, skillful orientation to the fibrous structure must be applied to achieve the best chatoyancy. Ideally the cut should be perfectly parallel to the length of the fibers to achieve fullest chatoyancy.
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.
Can tiger’s eye gemstones be dyed?
Most tiger’s eye stones are finished as ovals, but other shapes may also be found, including pears, rounds and freeform shapes. 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.