Pietersite: This unusual variety of tigereye was first discovered by Sid Pieters in 1962 while prospecting farmland. It is most commonly found in Namibia, South Africa, and in 1993 was found near Nanyang, Henan, China. Pietersite is an altered crocidolite. Crocidolite, a form of asbestos, is a lavender-blue or light green mineral that occurs as silky fibers in massive form. The coloring of pietersite is a direct result of how the Earth forms the stone. This variety of tigereye is formed through a process of brecciation: when the fibers of hawkeye, the blue variety of tigereye, and tigereye itself are broken down by the Earth's geological processes and then stirred up, the tiny sharp-angled fragments of the stones are essentially glued together by silica (impure forms of quartz). Our original pietersite was gray to gray-blue, with occasional small inclusions of red or gold. These days, we're more likely to carry Chinese pietersite, which has a distinctive gold color and is just as beautiful as the African stones.
Pietersite is said to be helpful for spiritual leaders and channellers as it allows them a clearer flow of their energy. It has been called "the key to the kingdom of heaven." It is also said to be stimulating for the pituitary gland, which helps to regulate the other endocrine glands, which in turn aid growth, sexual health, metabolism, blood pressure and body temperature.