Sidney "Sid" Pieters, prominent Namibian mineral dealer, was born March 8, 1920; his father was a mining man who mined tin along the Erongo Flats and established a number of important mines including the Ariakos mine, the Sidney mine, and the Pieters Hill mine. The tin ore occurred in pegmatites which often contained gem minerals such as beryl, topaz and tourmaline. Sid found the attractive tourmaline crystals particularly appealing, and decided to exploit them commercially. He opened his first mineral specimen and gem business ("the Usakos Gem Store") in Usakos, South-West Africa (now Namibia) in 1945, and in 1963 opened his "House of Gems" store in Windhoek. For nearly 60 years he sold beautiful specimens from his tourmaline mines at Karibib and Usakos, and from deposits at Spitzkop, Erongo, Onganja, Berg Aukas, Rossing, Arandis, Otavi, Brandberg, the jeremejevite locality at Mile 72 near Swakopmund, and especially the legendary Tsumeb mine. The Tsumeb lead mineral sidpietersite was named in his honor in 1998, "in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Namibian mineralogy." Sid attened his first Tucson Show in 1977, and was a regular thereafter. He died on March 23, 2003, survived by his wife Val and his daughters Shelley, Maurine and Gail. His "House of Gems" continues in operation under the ownership of Herbert Naegele.
KEY, C.L. (1977) Sid Pieters: a personality sketch. Mineralogical Record, 8 (3), 54.
KEY, C.L. (2003) Died, Sidney Pieters, 83. Mineralogical Record, 34, 292.
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noting also the name of Sid's daughter and partner, Shelley Pieters Mansfield.