Stichtite; What is this?

Stichtite is one of those mysterious crystals, not many people give it full attention as it often goes by a ‘trade-name’ when in combination with another mineral, not giving it the true recognition that such a unique and marvellous mineral deserves. Stichtite is a light pink to deep purple hued mineral that is often found in the West Coast municipality in Tasmania and Mpumalanga Province in South Africa; there have been a select few specimens retrieved from the Urals Region within Russia but these are far and few between.  Stichtite was first discovered in 1910 in Dundas, Tasmania; and subsequently named after the discoverer, Robert Carl Sticht.

 

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Photo copyright of Pavel M. Kartashov, an example of Stichtite with Calcite from Urals Region, Russia.

 

Stichtite is commonly found within the trade-named stone ‘Atlantisite’, which is a solid green Serpentine base with speckles of purple Stichtite throughout, providing beautiful and contrasting specimens; Stitchite can also form without any accompanying mineral, or as a spiderweb like pattern throughout the Serpentine and Russian specimens have been found to be in combination with Calcite. Stichtite has a Mohs of just 1.5 – 2; and as such, is quite a soft and malleable stone, it’s the combination with Serpentine which adds great stability and the ability for jewellers and carvers to create unique centrepieces out of this mineral. Stichtite can of course be worked when not in combination with other minerals but this presents certain difficulties when wishing to carve this stone. The softness of this mineral means it can easily split when being carved, and provides a challenge when wishing to provide a highly polished finish.

 

 

Early 2015, I was able to get a hold of a large selection of high end specimens that I’ve personally managed the production of, often working the stone myself, shaping it and polishing it, following the wishes of what the stone would like to become. In Early 2017, a select few pieces of Stichtite & Serpentine travelled over to India with a close business partner who created some stunning Sterling Silver Pendents and Rings.

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The process between the rough stone and the finished pendent.

 

Stichtite Tumble Rough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before & After Tumblestones, Before is 240 rough grit, After is final polishing stage.

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Stitchtite Freeform, exhibiting one polished side and one natural, demonstrating the drastic change between the rough specimen from the group and the final piece.

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