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25¾ct Handcrafted Tiger’s-Eye + Pearl “Lily” Ancient Babylon Magic Vision Amulet #63286

Cost: $ 59.99

Handcrafted Genuine Natural Twenty-Five and Three-Quarter Carat Tiger’s-Eye and Pearl “Lily” Gemstone Pendant. 

CLASSIFICATION:  Handcut and Polished East Indian Tiger’s-Eye and White Freshwater Pearl Pendant.  Sterling Silver Pin/Bail.
SIZE:  Length:  36mm.  Width:  14mm.  Depth (Thickness):  10mm.  Measurements approximate.
WEIGHT:  25.85 carats.
Chain:  Contemporary silver electroplate 60 centimeters (24 inches).  A wide variety of other chains are available upon request in sizes from 16 to 30 inches, and in metals ranging from gold and silver electroplate to sterling silver and solid 14kt gold as well as a bronze-toned copper chain.  The default chain (absent contrary instructions) is silver electroplate, 24 inches.  For a more authentic touch, we also have available handcrafted Greek black leather cords.
Note:  If you prefer gold rather than silver, we can substitute a 14kt gold fill (5% gold over sterling silver) pin, and include a gold-electroplated chain in your choice of lengths.
A handcrafted tiger’s-eye gemstone hand cut and polished into this gorgeous lily blossom, accented with a genuine freshwater pearl.  According to ancient Near Eastern legends, tiger's eye enabled the wearer to be "all seeing" - even to the point of being able to see through walls so one could observe what was happening in another room. It was not only worn to enable "clear vision" and good fortune, but also to drive off phantoms and shades of the dead. The Assyrians (neighbors to the Babylonians) carved the tiger's eye into cylinders which were covered with depictions of mythic creatures and names of gods, and the cylinders were then worn about the neck as charms for protection.
Though the gemstone originated in India, it was hand crafted by a Russian artisan, part of an heritage renown for the production of the elaborate gemstones and jewelry of the Czars of Medieval, Renaissance, and Victorian Russia.  Under magnification the gemstone shows the unmistakable characteristics of having been hand crafted, there are irregularities and flaws.  It is not machine-cut perfection. The obvious handcrafted nature of the finish is considered appealing to most gemstone collectors, and is not considered a detriment, or to detract from the value of a gemstone.  These characteristics are not only expected of hand-finished gemstones, most serious collectors consider such gemstones more desirable, possessed of greater character and uniqueness when compared to today's cookie-cutter mass-produced machine-faceted gemstones.  Unlike today’s computer controlled machine produced gemstones that approach flawlessness in a perfect finish, the cut and finish of a handcrafted gemstone such as this is the cultural legacy passed onwards by artisans who lived centuries ago.  For most, the unique nature and character of antique gemstones such as this more than makes up for imperfect finishes which by and large, are only noticed under high magnification  
  Tiger's-eye has been enormously popular in various Asian cultures for thousands of years.  Cabochon cut stones of this variety show “chatoyancy” (a small ray of light on the surface) that resembles the feline eye of a tiger.  The ancient source for Tiger’s eye was India, where it was a very important trade good, and was traded throughout the ancient Orient and into the Mediterranean.  It was used as a very important healing stone by both the ancient Egyptians as well as the Greeks.  Many ancient Egyptian statues of their various gods have been found with eyes made from tiger’s-eye.  According to ancient legends, tiger’s-eye enabled the wearer to be “all seeing”, even to the point of being able to see through walls enabling one to observe what was happening in another room.  Tiger’s-eye was not only worn to enable “clear vision”, but also to drive off phantoms and shades of the dead.  It was often carried by nighttime travelers for these purposes, as well as to help them see in the dark.  Worn as a talisman it was believed to protect against curses and enchantments (“spells”), and to protect against illness as well.  The ancient Egyptians also believed that tiger’s-eye would bring good fortune to the wearer.
Tiger’s eye was also quite popular in the ancient Middle East.  The Assyrians (neighbors to the Babylonians) carved tiger's-eye into cylinders which were covered with depictions of mythic creatures and names of gods. These cylinders were then worn about the neck as charms for protection.  Tiger’s-eye was also worn in the Near East as protection against the “evil eye”.  There was an ancient belief that some evil sorcerers or witches had the ability to transmit evil with just a glance.  Certain items of personal adornment (amulets, talismans, etc.) were thought to protect the wearer from the "evil eye" by the proviso of an always watchful open eye and tiger’s eye was just that, an always open and watchful “eye”.  Roman soldiers carried tiger’s-eye, often with the forms of lions and hawks carved into the gemstone, believing that it gave them an advantage over their opponents in combat, inspiring courage and providing protection as well.  In much of ancient Africa tiger’s-eye was considered to be “the” gemstone of royalty.  It was believed that an amulet of tiger’s-eye would grow heavier in presence of predators, providing advance warning of danger to the wearer.
Tiger’s-eye is a form of chalcedony quartz which contains brown iron trace elements which produces its golden-yellow color.  Tiger’s-eye “began life” as a form of natural asbestos.  Asbestos is a mineral fiber, a form of hydrous magnesium silicate.  Ancient civilizations recognized asbestos’s resistance to fire.  The name is derived from its historical use in lamp wicks.  Ancient Egyptians used asbestos for burial cloths to protect the dead during their journey to the afterlife.  During volcanic events, the fibrous asbestos is replaced by iron-bearing quartz called limonite.  This is what creates the dazzling golden luminous eye of the tiger that provides such elegant beauty in tiger eye stone.
Throughout the history of the ancient world, gemstones were believed capable of curing illness, possessed of valuable metaphysical properties, and to provide protection.  Found in Egypt dated 1500 B. C., the "Papyrus Ebers" offered one of most complete therapeutic manuscripts containing prescriptions using gemstones and minerals.  Gemstones were not only valued for their medicinal and protective properties, but also for educational and spiritual enhancement.  In the ancient world many cultures believed that wearing tiger's-eye was beneficial for health and spiritual well being.  It was used by ancient shamans and mystics as a psychic protection (against evil spirits) and as an aid to achieving clarity.  In the Medieval World and into the Renaissance wearing a talisman of tiger’s-eye was believed to enhance business fortunes, and that tiger’s eye could bestow upon the wearer the strength to persevere and overcome fatigue or discouragement.  Wearing tiger’s-eye was also believed during the Renaissance to make the wearer irresistible to the opposite sex, overcoming lethargy and boosting the wearer’s sex drive.
Modern practitioners attribute to tiger’s-eye the ability to relieve high blood pressure, and beneficial to those who suffer from skin diseases, bronchial asthma, rheumatic heart disease, kidney disease, and to aid hypochondriacs.  It is also claimed to be a “stone of balance”, useful to mediators and diplomats, as it is claimed that tiger’s eye helps the wearer see both sides of an argument and make detached, logical judgments.  Tiger’s-eye is also said to increase confidence, especially when speaking in public.  Another benefit ascribed to the stone is that it enables the wearer to calm and center themself when they feel scattered and unorganized.  Further that the wearing the stone will enhance integrity, willpower, and courage. It is also claimed that meditation with the stone can help the wearer find the “path of power” that lies between polarities, as well as enhance visualization skills, psychic vision and insights.



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