The Falcon's Eye
Hawk’s eye is a blue-gray to blue-green opaque gemstone variety of fibrous quartz. More specifically, it is a variety of macrocrystalline quartz. Hawk’s eye is actually a pseudomorph of quartz. A pseudomorph is one mineral that changes into another mineral over time. In the case of hawk’s eye, it began its life as crocidolite and was later transformed into quartz. Crocidolite is a fibrous blue mineral belonging to the riebeckite family of amphibole silicates. It is considered to be one of the several forms of asbestos. The transformation of hawk’s eye begins as quartz slowly becomes embedded between the fibers of crocidolite, eventually completely replacing it while retaining the fibrous shape of the original mineral.
Hawk’s eye can be found in many locations around the world. Some of the most notable deposits and sources include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Korea, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, South Africa, Spain and the United States (mostly Arizona and California).
Hawk’s eye belongs to the large family of quartz crystals. It is sometimes known as ‘the falcon’s eye’, or as ‘blue tiger’s eye’. It is used for many metaphysical purposes. It is believed to help those with a fear of flying. It is thought to be good for sight and vision, enhancing our ability to focus.
Hawk’s eye is believed to be a stone of protection, often used by travelers. It is associated with the planet Jupiter.
Citrine was first appreciated as a golden-yellow gemstone in Greece between 300 and 150 BC, during the Hellenistic Age. The yellow quartz was used prior to that to decorate jewelry and tools but it was not highly sought-after
Citrine has been popular for thousands of years and used to be revered for its rarity, though that has changed with time. The ancient Romans used it for beautiful jewelry and intaglio work. It was also very popular for jewelry in the 19th century. During the Art Deco period between World Wars I and II, large citrines were set in many prized pieces, including the massive and elaborate Art Deco inspired jewelry pieces made for big Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford.
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