Kunzite is a variety of the mineral species Spodumene. It was first found and catalogued in 1902. It is named after the pioneering mineralogist George Frederick Kunz and it is largely prized as a collectors’ stone.
Kunzite often has a subtle pink to violet tone. The stone can often have an attractive intense pink colour.
Care needs to be taken with a kunzite, as over-exposure to concentrated light sources can cause Kunzite’s colour to fade. Kunzite is strongly pleochroic, so a lot of care is taken when cutting this gemstone. Kunzite is said to have calming properties and the power to soothe mothers during childbirth.
The largest kunzite in the world is currently owned by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C and is an unprecedented 880 carats.
Where is kunzite being mined?
Kunzite is mainly mined in Afghanistan, Brazil, Madagascar and California.
Kunzite is 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale.