Pietersite: A brief overview
In 1962 Sid Pieters was prospecting on a farm in Namibia, Africa. During this expedition Sid found a very heavy and unusual rock which he took back to his shop. When Sid cut the rock open he exclaimed “Of all the gemstones I have seen in the world, this one is by far the most beautiful.” Sid registered the find in the mineral records of Britain. In 1964 the discovery was publish and the rock was named Pietersite in honor of the finder. Namibia was the only known location of this rare rock until 1993 when another form of Pietersite was discovered in China.
Rough From Africa
Rough From China
The Chinese form of Pietersite is slightly different in looks and structure. While the Chinese form is a magnesium-rich alkalic amphibile, the one from Africa is mainly Crocidolite. To put it in laymen terms Pietersite is a form of Tiger eye mixed with Hawk eye and Jasper. Mother Earth swirls these three rocks together then cements them with Quartz. The result is a beautiful Chatoyant stone like Tiger eye except that the Fibrous bans of color go every which way instead of just one direction like Tiger eye.
Pietersite colors include various shades of blues, golds and reds. Blue is the rarest followed by reds then gold. The colors may appear together or alone.
It is reported that that Pietersite is becoming very rare in Africa and that it is all mined out. Most of what is on the market today from Africa is “old Stock”
In China there are problems with exporting it and the main mine has been flooded with groundwater. Expect the prices of this rare stone to continue to climb until it is no longer available except at the very highest of prices.