Pietersite

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Clear away illusions and false beliefs

Be centered, empowered and kind

Feel hopeful and ready for anything

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Healing Properties of Pietersite

Spiritual: Pietersite gives us the power and intensity of spirit needed to handle chaos and transformation.  It connects us to the greatest vibrations in the universe, allowing us to harness that potent energy and use it like a true champion.  Pietersite reminds us that we are spiritual beings on an earthly journey and so is everyone we encounter.  It celebrates the brotherhood of all humanity and reminds us that heaven can be here on earth, and that all things are possible where there is love and respect.  Pietersite removes the illusion of separateness and helps us dismantle the mental blocks that keep us from moving forward.  It helps us find our center and discard false beliefs and negative conditioning.  Pietersite helps us to actualize our faith, rather than blinding following dogma.  It invites us to deeply understanding and live the full glory of our principles, with compassion and intelligence.  Pietersite sings of new beginnings and the chance to start again.  It is an excellent talisman when deep, systematic change is needed.   It invites us to act as is needed without hesitation and to speak out about the most important subjects of our time.  It is also useful for focusing vision questions and deepening spiritual practices like meditation and yoga.  Pietersite is attuned to the Solar Plexus and Third Eye Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Leo. It is connected to the element of Storm and vibrates to the number 9.

Emotional: Pietersite helps us to process negative experiences properly so that they don’t become traumas trapped in our subconscious.  It shines a light on suppressed feelings and helps us to break up inner conflicts.  It releases us from false beliefs, wrong conclusions and promises that don’t serve the higher good.  Pietersite gives us tough love and practical insights.  It inspires self-confidence, courage, tenacity and emotional awareness.  Pietersite insists that we treat ourselves and others with more kindness and dignity.  As we transition through different stages of life, Pietersite helps us to find the beauty in each season of life and not to mourn the past or fear the future.  Pietersite wants to help us change our life for the better.  It gives us a sense of fearlessness and hopefulness that moves us past indecision and into positive action.

Mental: Pietersite softens us when we are being stubborn or just plain ornery.  It helps us to be more open and to thoroughly process new information and impressions.  Pietersite gives us clear vision to see what’s on the horizon and to correctly read the writing on the wall.  It helps us to make smart plans to better support ourselves and other people.  Pietersite helps us to recognize truth when it is spoken and not be confused by lies or propaganda.  It encourages us to question authority figures and the rules they impose, to ensure that they serve the higher good.  Pietersite activates the imagination and drives us into action.  It helps us to calculate probabilities and to understand the difference between causation, correlation and coincidence.  It is an excellent tool for students, researchers, and activists.

Physical: Pietersite is used by metaphysical healers to treat mysterious illnesses that baffle other doctors.  It is said to help reveal the root cause of the illness and the most effective treatment.  It is said to be especially good for illness affecting the respiratory tract and those characterized by deep exhaustion. Pietersite is said to stimulated the pineal gland, pituitary glands and the brain in general.  Pietersite has a soothing and very pleasant energy to be around when we are exhausted after giving a great deal of ourselves to any important cause.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Pietersite

Pietersite, Hopewell Farm, Namibia

Mineral Family: Tectosilicate

Chemical Composition: SiO2
Cleavage: None
Color: Yellow, red and blue
Crystal System: Hexagonal/Trigonal
Form/Habit:Fibrous
Fracture: Fibrous
Gravity: 2.58-2.64
Hardness: 6.5-7 
Luminescence: None
Luster: Silky
Streak: White, yellow-brown
Transparency: Opaque

Location: Pietersite deposits have been found in only two locations, the Hopewell Farm in Namibia and in Nanyang, China.

Mineral Family: Pietersite is a rare Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Pietersite is a multi-colored semi-precious variety of Quartz which has Amphibole and/or Crocidolite inclusions.  Both Amphibole and Crocidolite are varieties of Asbestos.  Pietersite is closely related to Tigers Eye and Hawks Eye

Formation: Pietersite is a formed when Quartz replaces Amphibole and/or Crocidolite.  As the asbestos mineral decomposes, Iron is exposed and oxidized which transforms it into Limonite.  Normally this process goes smoothly and the color gradually shifts from blue, to golden-brown to red.  But in the case of Pietersite, there was a geological disruption during its growth that caused the stone to fold, fracture and then be glued back together as a multicolored brecciated stone with swirling patterns.

Mining: Pietersite is mined from primary deposits, which are located in metamorphic rock.  In Namibia it is mined in an open pit setting, since it is found directly under the soil. In China, it is more likely a byproduct of an asbestos and Iron mine.

Enhancements: All Pietersites on the market are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing. 

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Pietersite

History of Pietersite

Pietersite is a relatively new stone and so was not included in early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers.  It is a trade name for a rare brecciated chalcedony.  

Pietersite was discovered by Sid Pieters (1920-2003), a Namibian prospector and gem-dealer who dealt primarily in Tourmaline.  In 1962, while searching for a new Tourmaline deposit, he stumbled upon a deposit of gorgeous semi-precious chalcedony which he named after his family.  The stone became popular after he began attending the Tucson Gem Show in 1977.  Twenty years later, a second Pietersite deposit was found in Nanyang, China. 

The Nambian Pietersite is mainly Amphiobole with a little bit of Crocidolite.  The Chinese Pietersite is mainly Crocidolite, making it more closely related to Tigers Eye and Hawks Eye.  Both deposits share the same swirling colors and chaotic patterns.      

Photos: Sid Pieters

Ethically Sourced Pietersite

 

The Miners sell to a Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells to a US Wholesaler/Importer. 

The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is complicated but likely clean.

The Mine and Lapidary are in the same country.

The Importer is in a different one.

 

 

The Mine

This Pietersite was mined in Nanyany, China.

It is most likely a byproduct of an open-pit Aluminum mine.

Aluminum is so easy to recycle and is also relatively easy to mine,

so it is considered the most eco-friendly of the industrial metals.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary & Export Company

This Pietersite was tumbled in China.

Lapidary factories in China are typically safe for workers.

The Pietersite was imported by a US mineral wholesaler.    

The Importer is a female-owned business and pays its employees fairly.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first met shopped with the wholesaler at the 2006 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. At that time I was working for a crystal shop in Utah and was at Tucson primarily as a “pack mule” to help carry all the stones.  The wholesaler specializes in exquisite Amethyst geodes and large stone statues.  The owner is an energy-worker who has worked with many celebrities.  Since the wholesaler didn’t carry tumbled stones, I took no note of them when I started my own business.

In 2018, my usual source for Black Tourmaline was sold-out and I happened to run into my old boss.  She gave me a quiet wink & nod, and sent me to “the statue tent”.  While their basic business had not changed, they now sell a variety of tumbled stones as well.

The amount of middlemen involved does give me pause.  I only purchase stones from this source if I can’t find the stone elsewhere and I am confident about mining and lapidary conditions in the country of origin.

Safe Handling of Pietersite

Pietersite

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Pietersite

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Nanyang, China

Polishing Method: Drum polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color:
  • Polish: Shiny but not completely smooth. Small pieces of the matrix rock are knocked off during the tumbling process leaving scratches and tiny cavities.
  • Quality: A
  • Shape: Irregular rounded shape
  • Size: Average size is 1 in / 25 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is .7 oz / 20 g / 99 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

Reviews

  1. Janet N. (Texas)

    Thank you so much for your help through this process. I’m excited to welcome them into my life. I’ve waited 7 years for the right stones. I’m both excited and a little nervous to see where the journey takes us.

  2. Estelle V. (France)

    I just received it and am already amazed at its energy 🙂 I can’t wait to work with it!!!

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