Pietersite semi-precious rock

Pietersite semi-precious rock

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Caption: Pietersite semi-precious rock. Polished sample of Pietersite, a semi- precious stone formed of fibrous chalcedony. It is akin to tiger's eye (see images E417/192 and E425/677) and is found in China and Namibia, where it is still mined. The actual width of this particular specimen is 22mm.

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Keywords: blue, china, close-up, earth science, fibrous chalcedony, gem, geological, geology, mineral, namibia, orange, patterned, pietersite, polished, quartz, rock, semiprecious, stone, surface

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