It has also been called Arizona Tiger-eye. Cabochons cut from this material seem to glow with their own internal light.
This cabochon material is not the same as the original Pietersite found in Africa, or the different material also known as Pietersite found in China.
This gemstone material is actually Serpentine. When polished it has a chatoyant flash of internal light and that chatoyancy comes in several varieties-from gold to root beer to silver colored. The Serpentine ranges from green to brown.
Serpentine is produced when water from magmas changed igneous rocks.
Arizona Pietersite is found in a very remote and rugged area in the Arizona desert and is difficult to cut into cabochons. We custom cut only the best rough rock material with lots of flash into designer cabochons.
Serpentine is said to sooth emotions. It is believed Serpentine helps one overcome fear of change and to look to the future with anticipation.