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South African Golden Tiger Eye

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I have held onto these South African tiger eye large carved ovals for 10 years. I have always loved them but now it's time to go. They have exquisite chatoyance and unique carving. Paired it with golden tiger eye rounds and rondelles.


18x25mm South African golden tiger eye, 10mm tiger eye rounds, 8mm tiger eye rounds, 4x8mm tiger eye smooth rondelles, brass beads and a TierraCast antique brass tapered toggle from LB.

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  1. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Wow Kat.This is gorgeous and bold.You’re right about the stones. They are fascinating to look at. It’s a very classic and timeless style.
    Beautiful work,as usual.

  2. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Okay…please educate me! What is chatoyance??
    Regardless, the carved beads are gorgeous in your design.

  3. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    @Fresh Baked…chatoyance is the type of reflection within certain gemstones. You will see this in tigers eye and sunstone as examples. Here is the official description: In gemology, chatoyancy (/ʃəˈtɔɪ.ənsi/ shə-toy-ən-see), or chatoyance or cat’s eye effect,[1] is an optical reflectance effect seen in certain gemstones. Coined from the French “œil de chat,” meaning “cat’s eye,” chatoyancy arises either from the fibrous structure of a material, as in tiger’s eye quartz, or from fibrous inclusions or cavities within the stone, as in cat’s eye chrysoberyl.

  4. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    So beautiful. These stones are divine. You must have quite a collection.

  5. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    Beautiful – has a regal air!

  6. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Goodness…those stones are just incredible! This is a gorgeous necklace!

  7. CAS
    CAS says:

    Utterly stunning!! I can see why you held on to the stones for so long, they are SPECTACULAR! An amazing piece … WOW!

  8. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    WOW!! Those beads are delicious!! I love the colors and your choice of metal! Perfect in every way!

  9. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Wow those are gorgeous and your design shows them off perfectly. Yummy! I’d find a way to wear this every day!

  10. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Kat, I’m having bead envy–The Tiger Eyes are awesome!! I hope you are going to keep this one for yourself–I know I would never be able to part with it! Your design showcases the tiger eye and its carving wonderfully. Along with agate, I am also in love with chatoyant beads–I have some sunstone on the way right now and can hardly wait for it to arrive! Great job! :)

  11. Elis Mom
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  12. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    These are lovely beads and a keeper.

  13. Karen aka kidsauthor
    Karen aka kidsauthor says:

    Just gorgeous…love the design and use of the Tiger eye, talk about eye catching…this is it!

  14. Dill
    Dill says:

    Gorgeous design, and I love the carved tiger’s eye, even though I’m not usually a tiger’s eye fan!

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