Mining the Stone

In 2004, after spending a number of years prospecting all over Australia for gold and gemstones with some of my own mining leases I was fortunate enough to find a very special Tiger Eye deposit in the Marramamba formation of the Pilbara region in Western Australia. This find was special because a few of the gem quality pieces mined were over two metres long with multiple bands of Tiger Eye and very colourful Jasper. Before mining the deposit near Tom Price in Western Australia, the stones are just a hint of their beauty. Once the ground is cleared, and mining begins, a beautiful block of Tiger Eye is revealed.