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Blue Pietersite Slab

Blue Pietersite Slab

Regular price $80.00
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This listing is for the Blue Pietersite Slab shown

Size approx  : 2 3/4 (57g)

Locality : Namibia

  • Common Localities: Namibia (Outjo, Otjiwarongo), China, South Africa, Canada Thunderbay Ontario
  • Composition: Silicon dioxide with minor inclusions of crocidolite fibers
  • Chemical Formula: SiO2
   Blue Pietersite is a rare variety of quartz that contains crocidolite fibers, which are responsible for the stone's distinctive blue color. These fibers form a chatoyant effect, where light is reflected in a way that creates a shimmering, swirling effect. Pietersite is typically found in alluvial deposits, where it forms as a result of the weathering and erosion of other rocks. It is typically opaque or translucent, with a vitreous to waxy luster.

   Blue Pietersite is a relatively new discovery in the world of gemstones, having been first discovered in 1962 by Sid Pieters, after whom the stone is named. The mineral is actually a form of tiger's eye, but with blue crocidolite fibers instead of the typical golden brown fibers. The name "pietersite" was later coined to distinguish this variety from other forms of tiger's eye. While pietersite can be found in several locations around the world, including China, South Africa, and Canada, the highest quality and most vibrant blue pietersite is found in Namibia, particularly in the Outjo and Otjiwarongo areas. The stone's unique chatoyancy and striking blue color make it a popular choice for use in jewelry and decorative objects.

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