PIETERSITE CAB 09

$10.00

Justcabs is proud to offer this nice 23mm,19.45ct.,4mm thich Round Pietersite Jasper cabochon cut here at JustCabs utilizing Pietersite mined near Namibia, Africa. The unusual pattern of Varigated Blue Tigereye make this incredible centerpiece for custom jewelry. The cab has a good polish front and satin back.
Pietersite is one of the Riebeckite family of silicified and asbestos stones. The most common is the yellow vareity known as Tigereye and the blue variety known as Hawkeye. The African mine was discovered by Sid Pieters of Namibia in 1962. He came across a rather heavy small stone covered in white limestone. As he could not see what was in the stone, he took it back to his work shop in Windhoek, where he cut it open to discover the beautiful blue and gold colored patterns of the stone which he later named after himself. He returned to the farm in Namibia where he began mining the stone, but after a short period of time, due to most of the material begin stolen, he abandoned the mine. In the meantime however, he registered the find in the mineral records of Britain, and it was published in 1964 as Pietersite. A similar material was found and mined near Nanyang, Henan, China in 1993. It is called "Eagle's Eye" in China, due to the blue chatoyancy. The Chinese did not export the material to the west until 1997. The Chinese Pietersite is as beautiful as the one from Namibia, if not better. Chinese Pietersite has a distinctive golden color (looks like real gold!). Limited production in Namibia and the embargo on export of tigereye rough by South Africa have caused the price of Pietersite to rise dramatically. This cab has a pit as you can see, bottom right in the picture. Still very nice cab

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  • Model: PieterCab 09
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1lbs
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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 31 March, 2018.

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