Often called "Eagle's Eye," Hunan pietersite is a chatoyant gemstone that exhibits iridescent red, blue, and gold mingled together, creating a very attractive gem.
Pietersite from the Hunan Province of China reveals a remarkable swirl of gold, red and blue that mixes together to form a deep golden brown color. 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 fine 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.
LOCATION: Swakopmund, Namibia
Recently, mining operations in China were halted because of constant flooding. The only pietersite mine in operation today is in Swakopmund, Namibia. This development makes the supply for pietersite low, driving up prices. We obtain pietersite from a private collector but acknowledge the current reality of the gem's dwindling reserve. It will continue to offer them to valued customers at reasonable prices while supplies last.