Pietersite Gemstone

Often called the "Tempest Stone," Hunan Pietersite is a chatoyant gemstone that exhibits iridescent red, blue, and gold swirled together in a stormy mix.

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Hunan Pietersite is a variety of chalcedony. This variety is known for its appealing blend of red, blue and gold colors. A brown-red body color tends to be dominant. The gem frequently displays a chatoyant effect, also known as "cat's eye." Typically, it presents in a chaotic manner across the surface of the gem. This is notable as in many gems the cat's eye appears as a continuous line across the face of the gem. Pietersite is formed into cabochons, as this best showcases the gem's stormy chatoyant effects. The finished gemstones exhibit a silky luster after polishing.

First discovered in the early '60's by Sid Pieters, this stone was named in his honor. The original source of pietersite was Namibia, Africa. Hunan Pietersite displays some characteristic variations from Namibian material differentiating the two. Specimens from China typically exhibit a more brown-red body color. Meanwhile, the material from Africa is bluer in body.



• Pietersite has been nicknamed the "Tempest Stone," for its swirling display of color and chaotic chatoyant effect.

• The gem was originally discovered in 1962 by Sid Pieters and is named for him.

• This stone is only found in Namibia, Africa and Henan Province, China.

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Location: Henan Province, China

Hunan Pietersite was first discovered in the Henan Province of China in the early '90's. A few years later the Chinese government made the newly discovered gem available for trade. Unfortunately, the mine no longer is in operation. Shop LC sourced its supply of rough from a private collector, making this rare gemstone available while reserve continues to dwindle.



  • Ranks 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale.
  • Specimens display a deep red-brown with swirls of red, gold and blue. A chatoyant effect is present.
  • Sourced from a private collection, mined in the Henan Province of China.
  • All natural and untreated.