Tasmanian stichtite is a spectacular speckled gemstone brought to you from the "Land Down Under". This wonder of the gem world is prized for its green and purple hues that have been infused together by nature.
Stichtite is a purple-hued mineral usually found as a deposit within another mineral such as green serpentine. These two minerals have joined together to create this multi-hued gemstone. Stichtite can range in color from lavender-pink to purplish rose-red. Stichtite was first discovered in 1910 in Western Tasmania, Australia by A.S. Wesley, a former chief chemist with the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company. The stone was later named after Robert Carl Sticht the manager of the mine. Home to the iconic Tasmanian devil, this fascinating island is one of the largest islands in the world. Tasmania was once a part of the mainland of Australia until it broke off approximately 10,000 years ago at the end of the last glacial period. With a third of the island in National Reserves, Tasmania boasts some of the cleanest air and rainwater in the world. Its rainwater is so pure that it has been shipped abroad to Australian athletes competing in the Olympics.
We source stichtite from the Dundas mining area in Tasmania, Australia, where this stone was first discovered. Tasmania is an island state, part of the Commonwealth of Australia, located 240 kilometers to the south of the Australian continent, separated by Bass Strait. This location is home to some of the highest quality and oldest known specimens of stichtite in the world.