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Tiger's Eye has long been attributed to the true king of the jungle, the tiger, representing prosperity, strength and courage and has been used as a talisman since the early days of human civilization.
3 Facts About Tiger Eye
Tiger's Eye is a semi-precious variety of quartz exhibiting chatoyancy, a vertical luminescent band like that of a cat's eye. Tiger's eye is formed when parallel veins of crocidolite (blue asbestos) fibres are first altered to iron oxides and then replaced by silica. As a result it is more opaque, and has a rich yellow to brown colour. When cut en cabuchon , the gem has a fine lustre. The major source of Tiger's Eye is Griquatown West, in South Africa. It is also found at Wittenoom Gorge, Western Australia.
Legend & Folklore
It is said that Roman soldiers wore engraved Tiger's eye to protect them in battle, and it is still used as a protective stone. Tiger's Eye deals with issues of self-worth, self-criticism, and blocked creativity; and is excellent for people who are spaced out or uncommitted. Facilitating correct use of power, Tiger's Eye supports integrity and assists in accomplishing goals. It differentiates between wishful thinking and what one really needs, and assists in recognizing other people's needs..
THE ANCIENT MYTHS OF TIGER’S EYE
In the last seconds of its life, the prey of an attacking tiger is fixated on the dark spots on the back of the cat’s ears. Resembling two, intensely starring eyes, the prey is fixated, almost hypnotized by the intensity of this optical deception. Unable to break itself free from this spell, nature will take its turn.
Holding up a Tiger’s Eye into the sunlight, the intensity of the reflecting golden rays, its luminosity pulls in its viewers with a similar magnitude as its animal eponym. Gleaming like a cat’s eye, the stone came to its name, Tiger’s Eye.
Scientifically, this so-called ‘eye-effect’ is found predominantly in metamorphic rocks including silica crystals, which enable these rocks to reflect light. Often formed in brilliant bands, holding up metamorphic rocks against the sun, these bands seem to move when you look at them, comparable to the way the horizon starts flicker on a hot day in a desert.
Tiger’s Eye fueled the imagination of mankind since it was first discovered by ancient civilizations. Mysterious, powerful, sumptuous and warming are just some of the values attributed to it throughout time.
Emphasizing the mythological significance and preciousness of the stone, it has always been attributed to the tiger. Historically, the tiger has been worshipped and respected as a god-like creature, powerful, protecting and, long before Disney changed the picture, as the true king of the jungle.
Discovering its role in ancient myths, the tiger plays a central role especially in Chinese culture. The tiger is one of the 12 zodiac animals, fundamental to Chinese astrology. The characteristic markings on the fur of its forehead, forming the Chinese character for king (4 strokes), made the tiger the king in ancient Chinese tales. Along with the dragon, the phoenix and the turtle, the tiger is part of the four Chinese mythical creatures. All four of them have been major motifs across Chinese architecture, art and literature.
In Chinese folklore beliefs, the tiger is protecting the good, guarding it from the evil. Being a guardian spirit, Tiger’s Eye has often been carved into amulets and worn to ward off bad spirits, protecting its wearers.
In ancient Egypt, the beautiful bands of gold displayed by the stone were widely believed to be the rays of the powerful sun god, embodied by the tiger. Tiger’s Eye was regarded as one of the most prized gems of the Nile River Valley. Legend goes that the stone holds the power of midday sun, the hottest time of the day and symbolic of the peak of the life force. Therefore, pharaohs and other high-ranking aristocrats of the Egyptian court wore jewelry made from Tiger’s Eye, believing it will give them vitality and strength. Beyond its strength, the stone represented the concept of the all-powerful eye and was a precious, sacred offering to include in the tombs of the pharaohs to help them navigate the after life.
Not only early Chinese and Egyptians believed in the power of the Tiger’s Eye, the stone played a central role in Greek and Roman mythology too. While the Greeks harnessed the power of Tiger’s Eye in jewelry to strengthen their senses for focus and protection; the Romans wore amulets made from Tiger’s Eye when going into battles. Seen as an embodiment of the tiger’s character traits of bravery, strategic thinking and patience, the Romans wore amulets of Tiger’s Eye to fight off any fear, to protect them and to give enough strength to win any battle.
Behind the scene
All of our products are designed and developed in house, from the initial sketch to prototype. Cutting stones to reveal the inner, layered beauty which takes millions of years to form, requires high precision and meticulous skills from our craftsmen in Germany. Each cut results in a unique stone face. It is then sent to our Swiss partner who carefully crafted every mechanism of the watch. Our close collaborations are built on experience and expertise in different areas alongside a shared passion for detail.
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"TRULY ONE OF ITS KIND.
I was never interested in getting a watch because they all just look the same to me (watch aficionados will hate me for this), but Myku really stood out for me. Got it as a gift and I love the fact that this was uniquely chosen just for me and no one else have the same in the world. The watch just shines when sunlight hits on it, and the colour goes so well with any outfits and for any occasions. I wear this almost every day - now I need to accessorise it with more straps to make it even more versatile. Thanks MYKU for the beautiful creation."
"EYE OF THE TIGER.
I recently met Francois during a fair and he immediately embarked me in is universe and vision of unique design! I lalways loved watches and among his creations, I fell in love with the Tiger Eye Gold model which I married with a brown croco leather bracelet! The result is fantastic, the watch beautiful and unique, uniqueness that few people i dont even know called out to me in the street/restaurants. However I would prefer not seeing too many people with those watches, Francois definitely deserves to see his brand becoming famous in HK and around the world! Humility, creativity and hard work should always be rewarded!"