Hawk’s Eye stone, also known as ‘blue Tiger’s Eye’, is a silky blue gem of quartz crystal surrounding a fibrous blue mineral called crocidolite asbestos. Once commonly referred to as a pseudomorph (one mineral that forms into another over time), further research suggests no such transformation of the crocidolite mineral, but rather a crack-seal type process, resulting in simultaneous growth of both quartz and crocidolite.
The rare blue Hawk’s Eye stone is similar to its commonly recognized golden-brown oxidized form, Tiger’s Eye. The chatoyance is a characteristic of these gems, a reflective cat’s-eye appearance. The blue-gray Hawk’s Eye stone has a rich history and is still used as energy totems to this day.
General Information about Hawk’s Eye
Tiger’s Eye was first discovered in South Africa in the 1800s. Hawk’s Eye is found in several locations all around the world, primarily South Africa, Brazil, western Australia, India, Thailand, and Canada. The Hawk’s Eye stone is appreciated for its blue-green, blue-gray opulence, layered quartz crystal within and around the fibers of the blue crocidolite asbestos mineral. The layers are the result of a crack-seal process.
Within cracks and crevasses, both crocidolite and quartz simultaneously build and expand to fill the space. During this process, if oxygen is present, the Iron content oxidizes, transforming the gray-blue hue to a golden brown. The resulting stone, known as Tiger’s Eye, is the more common of the two chatoyant gems.
Beyond that, Pietersite is a gem consisting mainly of a combination of both Hawk’s Eye stone and Tiger’s Eye. Being considered an “eye stone”, Hawk’s Eye is associated with the third eye chakra, as well as the throat chakra.
Traditionally used in Shaman practices this stone is widely regarded as a spiritual aid, both through astral and protective properties. Travelers tend to keep Hawk’s Eye stone on hand, its energy protective and considered to help to combat fear.
Properties of Hawk’s Eye
- Alternative Names: Falcon’s Eye, Blue Tiger’s Eye, Silicified Crocidolite, Rodusite.
- Hardness: 7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.
- Color: gray, gray-blue, blue-green.
- Transparency: semi translucent – opaque.
- Lustre: silky.
- Habit: fibrous.
In the Asbestos Mountains in South Africa, in cracks and crevasses stretching over several meters of only a few centimeters wide, a fibrous blue mineral known as crocidolite asbestos lays structural foundations. Quartz crystal slowly grows and builds between the fibers of the mineral, completely surrounding it over time. This results in the multi-colored layered bands characteristic of the chatoyant gem.
Chatoyance is the silky, lustrous effect of the Hawk’s Eye stone. It occurs when light reflects off the colored fibers of the crocidolite asbestos mineral within the reflective nature of the layers of quartz. This lustrous sheen is best appreciated when observed from several different angles of light.
The term ‘chatoyant’ is derived from French, meaning “cat’s eye”. As the stone is appreciated from different vantages of light, the reflective sheen is similar to that of cats’ reflective eyes.
Metaphysical Details about Hawk’s Eye
Hawk’s Eye stone is widely regarded as aiding in clairvoyance and astral travel. The silky blue mineral has been used by Shamans throughout history. Healers are known to utilize its properties as protective from negative energies. It is said to balance the throat chakra, being a blue stone.
Due to its nature as an “eye stone” it is also associated with the third eye chakra, opening eyes to the bigger picture and promoting expression of one’s truest self. The energy of the Hawk’s Eye stone is also suggested to improve mental focus, promoting calmness and resulting in clearer thinking and deeper insight. Self-awareness, calmness, confidence, and clarity are all said effects of the Hawk’s Eye stone.
While these traits and characteristics of the stone’s energy can be difficult to prove, energies given off by stones are scientific fact. Many shrug off the idea as pagan or nonsense, but cultures throughout history and across the world made the most of the properties of minerals in forms of totems, obelisks, and other such objects.
The vibrations emitted by the material affect the surroundings in metaphysical ways. Consider the soothing effects of running water or birds chirping; the energy and vibrations given off by minerals has much the same effect, though hardly audible in comparison.
Where Can We Find Hawk’s Eye Today
Major known deposits of the Hawk’s Eye stone are located throughout the world: Brazil, western Australia, Spain, India, Namibia, Myanmar, Korea, China, Canada, and western United States. The largest of the commercial suppliers of the Hawk’s Eye stone are in South Africa and Thailand.
Due to its nature, mining Hawk’s Eye stone is hazardous if inhaled and linked with serious medical issues of the respiratory system. Inhaling even just a small amount of the asbestos or quartz dust can cause serious, even life-threatening injury. It is vitally important to always ensure necessary precautions when dealing with harmful or hazardous materials.
Wearing properly prepared Hawk’s Eye stone does not present the same threat as mining the raw gem. It is fully silicified crocidolite, meaning it is entirely encased by quartz crystal. Wearing the polished stone does not present any immediate threat to the wearer.
This silky blue gem is a unique rarity. Not only is it exceptionally stunning by its chatoyant nature, its metaphysical properties offer nothing short of impressive. The associations of Hawk’s Eye stone leading to inner peace is arguably one of the most appealing benefits of wielding this stone.
The energies of stones have been utilized in every culture throughout history, and the uses and benefits of gemstones are as broad and vast as they are many. Every stone carries with it unique properties, both physical and metaphysical. So, consider this as you look for the right piece for you.