Pietersite, a member of the quartz family, forms in masses which are pseudomorphic jasper inclusions after asbestos. It has a hardness of 7 and is characterized by a dramatic chatoyancy (cat’s eye effect), with contrasting colors of gold, brown, blue, gray, and black, as well areas of clear quartz. Pietersite can enhance clarity of thought and encourage intuitive leaps. It can help one find new directions and move forward when the way feels blocked. It can also activate the imagination, stimulate psychic vision, and enhance telepathy. First discovered in Namibia, South Africa, by Namibian mineralogist Sid Pieters, this stone is also found in China.

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