was first discovered by Sid Pieters in 1962 while prospecting
farm land. He registered the find in the mineral records of
Britain, which was published in 1964 naming the material Pietersite.
Pietersite is formed from a crocidolite type asbestos or variety
of Riebeckite. The process begins with Hawk Eye, the name
given to the blue variety of Tiger Eye. This opaque aggregate
is formed when quartz replaces the blue/green mineral crocidolite
creating iridescent planes or fractures with a silky luster.
Tiger Eye is created when the iron from the decomposed crocidolite
oxidizes changing it to a golden brown color. Pietersite is
then formed by a process known as brecciation. This occurs
when the fibrous structure of both Tiger Eye and Hawk Eye
are broken via the earth's geologic process. The tiny fragments
are later naturally cemented together by quartz creating a
finished product with multiple hues and superb chatoyancy.
state of Namibia, displayed at right in green, may be
the most beautiful countries in all Africa. The contrast
of landscape provides home for cheetah, giraffe, zebra,
rhino, atelope and plenty of wildlife resorts. The state
is abudantly rich in precious metals and minerals. It
is home to to many of the world's most unique and beautiful
is extremely rare and found in two locations world-wide: Hunan,
China and Namibia, Africa. Our sources tell us the Chinese
mine has been flooded and non-operable for many years. The
world's single remaining mine is run by our good friends from
Swakopmund, Namibia. They have graciously given us huge discounts
and allowed us to hold their excess inventory for distribution.
of Pietersite has risen in the past several years due to the
closure of the Chinese mine, limited production from the African
mine, an increase in demand, and difficulties in export.
is widely used in jewelry and ornaments due to a very high
hardness of 7 and it's toughness from lack of cleavage. It
has a specific gravity of 2.7. We have Pietersite available
in rough or polished slabs, tumbled, flat or calibrated cabochons.
We have lentil and barrel bead bracelets and necklaces; rings,
carvings, eggs, spheres, bottle openers, corkscrews, pill
boxes, magnifying glasses and knives.
decide to purchase our rough Pietersite and enjoy cutting
or polishing your own stones, please take caution. Rough Pietersite
may contain pockets of pure unadulterated rock wool so caution
must be taken while cutting and polishing this stone. We recommend
you protect your respiratory system with a simple mask if
not a dual canister respiratory mask. We also suggest you
soak the slabs in alcohol or detergent if you have sawed them
with oils. The minute particles between fibers may hinder
you from obtaining the finest possible polish.