Thursday, January 26, 2006

Eye of the Tiger

Sample: Two different polished tigereye semi-precious stones.
Source: I can't remember.

Tigereyes owe their unusual optical properties to thousands of tiny aligned crystalline rods of an asbestos mineral called (I kid you not) crocidolite. The light reflects differently depending on the orientation of the stone. One sample is flat, the other, not so much. I have included both because more pictures are better than less.



Tigereye, 10x.




Tigereye, 60x.



Tigereye, 200x.



Tigereye, 10x.



Tigereye, 60x.



Tigereye, 200x.

It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger

1 Comments:

Blogger Ivory said...

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
-- William Blake, The Tiger

5:42 PM  

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