Just received these and they are simply lovely looking dice. Nice weight to them as well. Will certainly be buying more!
These are gorgeous dice, however they are not Tiger Eye, which is a very different looking stone, the same can be said for the blue and green versions. It actually looks more like cats eye, or to be more precise , Chrysoberyl cat's eye.
Actual tigers eye, is usually a golden brown and black stone, occasionally red or blue black. Even though real Tigers Eye can have cats eye qualities , it easily described similarly as " All thumbs are fingers, but not all fingers are thumbs".
Some use info:
THE GEMSTONE TIGER'S EYE
Tiger's Eye, a popular yet inexpensive gemstone, is a pseudomorph of compact Quartz after the fibrous mineral Crocidolite. It is formed when the Quartz takes over and dissolves the Crocodolite, leaving the Quartz in a finely fibrous and chatoyant form. When polished, it's silky luster creates a beautiful chatoyant effect of moving layers of brown and yellow lines and waves.
Tiger's Eye forms when Quartz forms over existing bluish-gray Crocidolite, and eventually entirely replaces it. Crocidolite is a type of asbestos mineral, which means its composition is of fine, dense fibers. These fibers form in a parallel yet wavy orientation, and this causes the intriguing chatoyant effect exhibited in Tiger's Eye. During the replacement process, the iron within the Crocidolite dissolves and stains the Quartz, thereby providing the golden yellow to brown color of the Tiger's Eye.
The original Crocidolite is a bluish-gray color, and sometimes the pseudomorphism to Quartz is incomplete. When this happens, the result is a stone with a bluish-gray color (and often with streaks or overtones of brown or yellow), but still with chatoyant effect. This type of material is known as as Hawk's Eye.
Tiger's Eye may form together with brownish-red or metallic-gray Hematite, or with yellow Limonite, where these minerals forms stripes, streaks, or patterns within the Tiger's Eye. Such material is often called Tiger's Eye Matrix.
When cutting and polishing Tiger's Eye gemstones, skillful orientation to the fibrous structure must be applied to achieve the best chatoyancy. Ideally the cut should be perfectly parallel to the length of the fibers to achieve fullest chatoyancy. Cat's eye effect in Tiger's Eye do exist, but are uncommon in perfect form due to the wavy nature of the fibers.
THE GEMSTONE CAT'S EYE
Cat's Eye describes a gemstone polished into a cabochon that displays a narrow band of concentrated light going accross the width of the stone. This effect, known as chatoyancy, or cat's eye effect, is caused by inclusions of fine, slender parallel mineral fibers in the gemstone that reflect light in a single band. Of all the gemstones that exhibit cat's eye, Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye is the best known. Chrysoberyl has the strongest and most distinct cat's eye effect of all gemstones. Though several different gemstones types exhibit a cat's eye effect, only Chrysoberyl's cat's eye enjoys the privilege of having the name "Cat's Eye" without any prefix. Whenever the term "Cat's Eye" is used, it refers to Chrysoberyl cat's eye by default, unless otherwise specified.
The intensity of Cat's Eye can vary from strong to weak. The clarity and intensity of the cat's eye band will play an important role in the value of a Cat's Eye gemstone. A bright and straight light effect is the most desired, and when strong and perfect it will be highly valued. In some forms of Chrysoberyl, the cat's eye effect is weak, appearing only as a billowy, floating light reflection as opposed to a bright, concentrated band of light. Such Chrysoberyl is known as Cymophane, and the effect is called cymophane effect.
After ordering the chaos metal dice I decided I wanted more from this company and stumbled across these amazing dice. My favourite dice so far and cannot wait to use them in my next session of DnD!
Ordered this on about the 21st December and it arrived in time for Christmas! And if that's not a good enough reason, the dice are beautiful as well! Just got to plan the next session so the missus can test them out....