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Pietersite Also known as Tempest stone in the Pagan community, was discovered by Sid Pieters in 1962 while he was prospecting some farmland in Namibia, Africa. After his discovery, he registered the find in the mineral records of Britain. His discovery was published in 1964, and the material was named pietersite. 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 color variations from Mr. Pieter's original mineral, but both are beautiful and are now universally recognized as pietersite. The material found in China was formed from a mineral very similar to crocidolite, named torendrikite. Chinese pietersite has striking combinations of gold, red and blue color segments which sometimes also includes a deep golden brown color. Regardless of the source, pietersite will always have brecciated, fibrous bands of blue, gold and/or red tiger eye type fibers in quartz.

The fibrous structure in pietersite 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 colors, hues and superb chatoyancy.

While pietersite has the lovely chatoyancy of tiger eye, it is not found in continuously structured bands or fibers, more in swirls, swathes and fibrous (sometimes linear) segments. 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. Colors include various blues, golds and reds that may appear together or alone. Blue is the rarest color, followed by red. The blues range from a baby blue to dark midnight hue. Gold’s can be light to very deep and rich, sometimes having a reddish hue. All fibrous color variations will have a superb and striking chatoyancy, the bright and subtly changing shimmer of color that moves along the surface of a gemstone as it is viewed from varying angles.
Spiritual and Healing Properties Of Pietersite
Pietersite Increases Clarity

Silver - blue metallic swirls. This stone helps one to become a better teacher to others. It helps by increasing ones clarity of presentation and improving ones public speaking skills. It also assists you in teaching longer without tiring (keeps the teacher from "burning out"). Petersite is not only for day use as in when teachings during a long day but for the long run for over the course of many years. Every new teacher should be gifted this stone.
More About Pietersite
Pietersite is a chatoyant, quartz and crocidolite asbestos. Its appearance is quite different because it's been broken into fragments (brecciated), stirred around if you will, and re cemented by silica. The fibers are wavy unlike the gold tiger eye that normally has straight fibers. The resulting patchwork is in shades of blues, yellows, greens, brown, and reds Sometimes areas with clear quartz is also found and I like to cut stones leaving some of the water clear quartz areas when I find them.. Pietersite is named for Sid Pieters, a well-known gem and mineral dealer is from Windhoek, Namibia who imported it to Idar in the 1970s. One of the major sources of Pietersite is Namibia, an area about 2,000 miles from the tiger-eye locality in South Africa. It was found as rounded cobbles in the soil on a farm in the neighbourhood of Outgo, in the Kuraman district, but its actual source has never been located. It is also reported that it has become vary scarce in Africa and South African authority Windisch says it is all mined out and rarely available from "old" stock. The other major source of Pietersite is from the Henan Province of China. It made its appearance on the open market in the late 1990's. It was originally found in the 1950's but no one considered using it for jewelry-making.

The Chinese had no idea how popular it would become in the rest of the world. This pietersite is very similar to that found in Namibia except that it has more red and golden-red combinations and is normally more fractured from my experience with the rough. The Chinese material contains both chrysolite and crocidolite fibers and petrifaction is very strong. Unfortunately, as the material gets popular, the source is being exhausted and one mine has been reported to have had to close due to ground water flooding it.


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