Pietersite, also known as Riebeckite or Brecciated Tiger's eye, is absolutely gorgeous. This gorgeous stone like Tiger's eye and Hawk's eye(the blue version) is made from a mineral called Blue crocidolite asbestos and is considered to be toxic to humans in its raw form. However once it has been cut, polished and made for jewelry it is no longer a threat and is actually quite beneficial. This is actually true of many shells and gemstones in our world. Hope I didn't scare you away from this magnificent gem.
Pietersite is basically a naturally occurring mix of both tiger's eye and hawk's eye and it can look like a layer like in the raw stone above or in a manner which is more mixed and swirled together like in the pendant example. It is a part of the quartz family and comes in at a 7 on the MOHS scale. A silicon dioxide mineral, it is mainly found in South Africa and China. Both the deep navy blue/gray and the golden brown have flash and it makes this stone just gorgeous.
Pietersite represents the Solar plexus and the third eye chakra as well as the element of storm. Helps with insight, increases will power, precognition and self transformation. Also increases mental and physical energies. Brings about confidence and fearlessness. A highly spiritual stone that expands one's vision and awareness. Enhances clarity of thought and enlightenment. Seriously this is a very powerful stone.
I love the boldness of this stone in color and I am so drawn to the darkness and light that happen within its variations. It feels like a push and pull of the two sides of each and everyone of us. The dark and light dancing into a beautiful being. It makes such a dramatic pendant especially when mixed with other gems like moonstone (pictured above). It would be at home in a gold pendant, rose gold pair of earrings, copper bracelet or sterling silver ring. It really is very versatile.
Have a blessed day and remember to check out my many other gemstone blogs to find your favorites.
Information sources: Book of Stones, Smithsonian Rock and Gem Book