Polished Pietersite

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.[1]

It was first described in Namibia in 1962[2] and was discovered in Xichuan - in the Henan Province of China - in 1966.[3]

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.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Kaifan, H.; Heaney, P. (2010). "A MICROSTRUCTURAL STUDY OF PIETERSITE FROM NAMIBIA AND CHINA". Gems and Gemology. 46(n.4): 280–286. doi:10.5741/GEMS.46.4.280.
  2. ^ Thomas, A. (2008) Gemstones: Properties, Identification and Use. New Holland Publishers, London
  3. ^ Zhong H. (1994) Gemstone sources in Henan Province. China Lapidary, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 43–46