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Tiger Iron - Bearing and meaning of a versatile mineral

Tiger Iron is the ideal power stone for a powerful start into the new year. The dark brown stone supports the departure to new goals and on the way to new projects to maintain the necessary distance to things. Thus difficulties can be overcome and pragmatic solutions can be implemented quickly. Stamina and vitality are strengthened, so that decisive action is facilitated. 

Mineralogical profile of Tiger Iron 

Chemical Formula: SiO2 (Tiger's Eye, Jasper portion), Fe2O3 (Hematite) 
Mineral Class: Oxides
Color: rust red to brown with banding (depending on location)
Crystal system: trigonal
Mohs hardness: 6.5 to 7
Cleavability: no splitability, fibrous fracture
Localities: South Africa, Australia
Formation: by metamorphic overprinting mostly limonite and quartz layered structure of Hematite with Jasper, Tiger's Eye or other components
Appearance: usually clearly distinguishable layers of the various components; coarse lumps
Availability: good from locality South Africa, rarity from locality Australia

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Composition and localities of Tiger iron

Depending on where it is found, Tiger Iron has a different composition - there is no clear mineralogical definition.
The silver bands are Hematite, an undisputed component of Tiger Iron. Furthermore, red and yellow jasper, tiger's eye or tiger's eye quartz (tiger's eye with high quartz content). Magnetite and chert (hornstone) may be present. 
African Tiger Iron is the name given to material from the Balloch mine in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It is characterized by large areas of Tiger's Eye, in addition to the gray-silver hematite bands.
From the Pilbara region of Western Australia comes Tiger Iron, which consists primarily of Hematite with bands of yellow and red Jasper (yellow). Raw specimens from this locality have become very rare. 

Name tiger iron and synonyms

The name is derived from the brown bands of tiger's eye and the silver-grey areas of hematite. A now uncommon synonym is itabirite, occasionally tiger iron is also referred to as tigerite. Michael Gienger also referred to tiger iron as a "tiger in a tank".

Use and application of Tiger Iron in gemstone healing 

Modern gemstone therapists uses Tiger Iron to provide necessary impetus when change is essential. It becomes clear which ideas and conceptions are already completed, but not yet let go. With the power of the Tiger Iron a final point can be set and thus a new beginning can be started.
If obstacles arise in the initial phase of projects, Tiger Iron helps to overcome them and continue to persevere. With dynamism and strength hurdles can be taken! The focus is on finding pragmatic, simple solutions, which can be in the foreground, which are then also implemented quickly.
Commonly, Tiger Iron with direct skin contact is worn as jewelry or applied as a hand charm.

Using the test-tube method or by passing it through a crystal, Tiger Iron is used to make gemstone water. This is popularly drunk to support the themes of vitality, change and new beginnings.

As a ferruginous stone, Tiger Iron is used in gemstone balancing to provide invigorating and energizing treatments. Tiger Iron is also used in Ewald Kliegel's Refexzone work as an activating stone.