Pietersite is often called “Eagle’s Eye”. Hunan Pietersite is a chatoyant gemstone that exhibits a remarkable swirl of iridescent red, blue, and gold mingled together creating a very attractive gemstone. These fibrous color inclusions allow the gem to display a remarkable chatoyancy frequently called a cat’s eye or tiger’s eye effect. To maximize the beauty of this effect most pietersite is cut in a cabochon style.
Namibian mineral dealer Sid Pieters first encountered this gem in 1962 while searching for appropriate farm land in his country. In 1964 Great Britain recorded his find and christened the gem in his honor. For quite some time Namibia was the lone source of this gem. In 1993 a reserve was discovered in China. It took four years after its detection for China to sell this variety of Pietersite on the global market. Hunan Pietersite displays very subtle color variations from Namibian stone. However the market considers them both stunning Pietersite specimens.
Please enlarge and view the photographs for more detailed views. Shown wet to simulate polish. As with all natural rock, there may be fractures or pits to seal or work around. Each slab has the approximate dimensions listed. I use the longest and widest point and the thinnest, it’s not averaged.
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