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CB201 Pietersite

CB201 Pietersite


CB109: Pietersite – Cabochon – Opaque. 

Approximate measurements: LxWxH – 21mm x 12mm x 19mm.

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Pietersite is a commercial term for a variety of the mineral chalcedony. Originating from Namibia and China, where it is mined for use as a decorative stone due to its chaotic chatoyancy and brecciated structure.

Ranging in colour from brownish-red, to blue-grey, and chatoyant yellow. The Chinese variety are predominantly a reddish-brown, with regions of chatoyant blue and yellow. The Namibian variety are less varied, being predominantly a chatoyant blue-grey, with less common reddish-browns and yellows.

It was first described in Namibia in 1962 and was discovered in Xichuan – in the Henan Province of China – in 1966.

Often inaccurately described as a brecciated form of tiger’s-eye or hawk’s-eye, due to the brecciated texture containing chatoyant material. However, while they are similar mineralogically, pietersite is not a brecciated form of either. Instead, the chatoyancy is due to a shared mineral, crocodolite.

Additional information

Weight0.15 lbs
Dimensions2 × 2 × .75 in

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