Pietersite is recognizable for it’s unique chatoyancy, which can sometimes be two-toned. The blue coloring is caused by inclusions of crocidolite, and the gold color is caused by reactions in the silica host. The highest grade pietersite is usually cut into cabochons or shaped into pendants, as the chatoyancy is very desirable for rings and focals in necklaces. Some pietersite does make it to be shaped into beads, like those we sell at Dakota Stones, but because the stone is so unique stock never lasts long.

The stone was discovered in Namibia, Africa, in the 1960’s, making it a fairly new material to stone buyers and beaders. It was named by Sid Pieters, who named it in his father’s honor. This stone has come in and out of availability, and has only just re-entered the market from a dry period where it was incredibly rare for about five years. Because this stone is considerably rare, buyers should always make sure to have an eye out for counterfeits. Because tiger’s eye takes dye very well, it’s commonly used as a substitute. The chatoyancy in natural pietersite can sometimes have silver and gold streaks. Natural pietersite gemstones typically have reddish-brown inclusions as well, and imperfections found in the stone can differentiate between a glass dupe. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

Metaphysically, pietersite is a stone of storms, and thus is nicknamed the “tempest stone.”  It is said to clear negative energies, especially during meditation. 

Wearers should be cautious when cleaning these stones. Excessively hot water may cause discoloration, as well as harsh household cleaners. Like most of the stones offered on our site, we recommend cleaning with a warm, damp cloth, and drying off moisture afterwards. Because these stones are very durable, they will stand up to the test of time, and should not need any substantial cleaning often.

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