The Healing Properties of Crystals



Quick Overview

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  • Formula: SiO2

  • Stone Qualities: Insight, Intuition, self-transformation

  • Hardness (Mohs):

  • Chakras: Solar Plexus (3rd), Third Eye (6th)

  • Zodiac: Leo

  • Locality: South Africa and China


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In 1962, Sid Pieters discovered arguably one of the most beautiful and definitely one of the rarest stones you will ever likely see. Pietersite is, simply put, stunning and may contain blues, reds, gold, and bronze. Only known to be found in Namibia, Africa and China, pietersite is a type of tiger’s eye but with different pattern characteristics. We have the Earth’s geologic processes to thank for pietersite’s beauty. Having been folded, compressed, broken, and reformed with quartz as cement, Pietersite exhibits fantastic variations in the cat’s eye effect. While other cat’s eye stones display linear type bands in their patterning, there is no end to the patterns that can be found in pietersite; they can be chaotic, circular, linear or any combination of the group or even all possibly exist within a single stone. African pietersite is generally considered to be more valuable due to its especially varied coloration. However, varieties such as chinese pietersite are no less beautiful even with their smaller displayed range of colors.

Due to its appearance with a combination of fiery red, yellow and deep blue, pietersite is often said to be the “stone that contains the storm.” This is a fitting analogy because pietersite is thought to be an excellent protection and may have particularly important effects protecting individuals from physical storms and other effects of the elements. The stone is thought to help to calm people and protect dwellings and places of business during storms; protection while driving through bad weather may also be an important benefit of this beautiful stone.  Of course, storms aren’t the only environmental dangers one may incur daily. Pietersite may help to defend you from harmful frequencies from the technology that you use daily and may also help to defend you from large scale electrical disturbances that may come from power plants or cellphone towers. Not only might pietersite protect you from environmental hazards, but it may also assist you to kick addictions and bad habits as it is often considered to be an excellent strengthening stone that also aids in regeneration. The stone may help to build up willpower, aid in your resolve, strengthen your drive, and increase your determination in completing a task including, but not limited to, recovery from substance abuse issues.

This stone is thought to contain so much energy that you can almost feel it. Such a powerful stone is excellent for cleansing the aura and allowing positive energy to flow. Pietersite is said to aid in unifying the third eye, sacral, and solar plexus chakras. This unification could help to increase the intuition and will of a person, thusly greatly increasing ones productivity and day to day abilities. Mental and telepathic abilities may also be increased for users of this stone. On top of all of the other wonderful effects, pietersite may aid in the ability to meditate and may increase the benefits from meditation. Overall, this stone is excellent for anyone who needs a little shelter from the elements and wants to move forward with a positive energy.

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