MONIQUE PÉAN uses Namibian pietersite, a mineral that is hand dredged from river beds by artisans without the use of chemical extraction. A naturally fibrous mineral, pietersite has been stressed and fractured by the earth’s geological processes. Deposits of pietersite are then reformed and compacted in quartz, where the mineral appears as brecciated bands of blue, gold and red. Blue is the most rare of these hues, followed by red.
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