Pietersite gemstones come in various colors of gold, blue and red. Blue is the rarest, followed by red. Sometimes they are found with all the colors together in one stone.
The stone was first discovered in 1962 by Sid Pieters, a well-known gemstone expert. He was surveying land in Nambia, Africa. After he published his discovery, the stone was aptly named “Pietersite”.
Pietersite is only found in two regions of the world; Africa and China. It has an incredible effervescent glow about it with colorful fibrous swirls intertwining. It is absolutely my favorite of all gemstones, especially the blue variety.
Pietersite is considered a rare gemstone but is moderately priced in comparison to other high-end gemstones. Cabochons are the most common cut for this gem. Due to the large surface area of most cabochons, the gemstone color is showcased at its best.
If you are lucky enough to own one of these beautiful gemstones, alway clean it with a soft cloth and keep it away from household chemicals and excessive temperature changes. It is very easily scratched so take care to store it away from other jewelry pieces that could damage it.