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KUNZITE

Overview:Kunzite was first found in Connecticut, USA. But the first commercially significant deposit was discovered in 1902 in the Pala region of California, where morganite beryl was also first discovered. Kunzite is the pink to light purple gem variety of the mineral Spodumene. Kunzite is famous for its strong pleochroism, showing lighter and more intense coloring when viewed at different angles.

Kunzite is a very attractive pink gem, but is notorious for its habit of color fading in strong light. Kunzite is sometimes called "evening stone" for this reason. Depending on the direction one is viewing

kunzite, it will appear as different colors.The largest faceted kunzite is an 880-specimen on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

Physical Properties:

Kunzite

Kunzite Birthstone

Color
Pink, light pink, and light purple
Hardness
6.5 - 7
Specific Gravity
3.1 - 3.2
Refractive index
1.66 - 1.68

Sign of Kunzite:Scorpio

Usage:Kunzite is most often used as a pendant stone and as a large decorating stone on ornamental objects. It helps keep the mind and emotions in sync. Kunzite is a calming, relaxation stone. It promotes a peaceful disposition. Heals core soul damage and damage from past lives, reunites fragmented soul parts. Kunzite is believed to help one to understand and interact better with others and to bring love, peace and harmony. Kunzite gives off powerful love energy, promotes peace and purification.

Legend:Kunzite, the pale pink to lilac gem variety of the mineral spodumene, is named as a tribute to George Kunz, the legendary gem scholar, gemologist, and gem buyer for Tiffany & Co at the turn of the century.

Occurrence: Africa, Brazil, Canada, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sweden, and USA (California).