Chinese Pietersite

Chinese pietersite was discovered in 1993 and reached the market in 1997. It is similar to Namibian pietersite, but the color combinations are distinct from the Namibian variety. While Namibian pietersite is composed of crocidolite, the Chinese pietersite is a similar mineral called torendrikite. Chinese Pietersite has striking combinations of gold, red and blue color segments which sometimes also includes a deep golden brown color. Pietersite has brecciated, fibrous bands of blue, gold and/or red tiger eye type fibers in quartz. The fibrous minerals are hardened and preserved by quartz. Chinese pietersite exhibits subtle chatoyancy.

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