Tiger Iron

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Tiger iron is a rock that is made up of tiger's eye quartz, black hematite and red jasper. These minerals create contrasting bands of color for a truly unique look popularly used for many sorts of ornamentation and decoration.

Tiger Iron Polished
Tiger Iron Classification
Common Name Tiger Iron
Species Rock
Tiger Iron Optical Properties
Transparency Opaque
Dispersion Strength: None
Refractive Index Over The Limit 1.544-3.220
Optic Character NA
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert
LWUV: Inert
Pleochroism None
Tiger Iron Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 7
Streak yellowish brown or red depending on area used
Specific Gravity 2.640-2.710 Typical:2.660
Toughness Good
Inclusions Tiger iron has contrasting color bands alternating between tiger's-eye, jasper and hematite.
Luster Vitreous, Metallic
Stability Good
Fracture Fibrous, splintery
Cleavage None
Tiger Iron Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Name silicon dioxide (aka silica) and iron oxide
Chemical Formula SiO2 and Fe2O3
Crystal System NA
Chemistry Classification Rock

Tiger Iron Colors

  • Brown Tiger Iron Brown
  • Red Tiger Iron Red
  • Multi-color Tiger Iron Multi-color

Alternate Names

Tigeriron; Marra Mamba

Countries of Origin

United States of America (the); Unknown; Zambia; Australia

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.