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Golden Pietersite

Lovely shimmering Pietersite cabs in brown with red and gold inclusions. Always met with aaah's and oooh's...


Size: 18x13x6 mm


In stock: ca 9


Price:  USD  5.60


Pietersite was discovered by Sid Pieters in 1962 while he was prospecting some farmland in Namibia, Africa. Currently there are only two known sources of pietersite; China and Africa. These two forms of pietersite are similar but still somewhat different from each other. The Chinese pietersite's fibrous mineral is a magnesium-rich alkalic amphibole. The African (Namibian) variety is mainly crocidolite.

The China form of pietersite is said to have been discovered in 1993, but did not come to market until 1997. This China pietersite exhibits slightly different colour variations from Mr. Pieter's original mineral, but both are beautiful and are now universally recognized as pietersite.

Regardless of the source, pietersite will always have brecciated, fibrous bands. The fibrous structure has been folded, stressed, even fractured and/or broken apart via the Earth's geologic processes. The fibrous materials have then been reformed and naturally recemented together by quartz. Stones and crystals that go through this process are referred to as brecciated, creating a finished product with multiple colours, hues and superb chatoyancy. Thus the structure of the fibrous streaks in pietersite may appear rather chaotic, and can flow or exist in many directions side-by-side like bold paint strokes.

Colours include various blues, golds and reds, that may appear together or alone. Blue is the rarest colour, followed by red. The blues range from a baby blue to dark midnight hue. Golds can be light to very deep and rich, sometimes having a reddish hue. All fibrous colour variations will have a superb and striking chatoyancy, the bright and subtly changing shimmer of colour that moves along the surface of a gemstone as it is viewed from varying angles. 

Pietersite stands for power and health.


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