Kunzite has been known to us for a little over one hundred years, so it is still considered to be young from the point of view of mineralogy science. Today, however, it is often used in jewellery industry. Attracting beautiful, noble jewellery and gemstone lovers, Kunzite has become the subject of many studies, including this one.
Kunzite is usually pale pink and is formed by a variety of minerals called spodumene. (On the left side you can see an interesting RubyCharm pendant shaped like a cross, made of two pale pink Kunzite. This piece is called Loving Spirit) This gemstone was named by the New York gemmologist and mineralogist G.F. Kuntz, who first described and catalogued the characteristics of this stone after it was found in 1902, in the Pal District in San Diego (California). Kunzite stone is of high hardness (6.5-7) and because of its dense formation and strong crystal structure, it is very difficult to cut. When heated, its basic pink colour deepens, while under the influence of sunlight, its colour begins to fade. This interesting, beautiful stone is what we call allochromatic, which means it has colour of its own, but starts as colourless and becomes coloured from mineral impurities. This seems somehow irregular and undermining, but Sapphire has this characteristic too. For example, the most beautiful Sapphires owe their colour to traces of iron in their structure. We should simply see this as a wonderful divergence of life. In addition to its usual pink colour, Kunzite can be colourless, transparent, yellow, blue or lilac. Green Kunzite is known as Hidenit and owes its name to its discoverer W.E. Hidden. The colour of that stone can range from yellowish green to emerald green. (On the right side you can see a photo of RubyCharm pendant called Sorrow Cessation - made of Green Kunzite (Hidenit) and faceted Clear quartz).
In the jewellery industry, Kunzite can be seen in many different, very interesting shapes and at a reasonable price, so most people can afford to own it. Colour and purity determine the value of Kunzite. However, in addition to its beauty, we should not forget its healing qualities, which is the theme for another chapter. Today, the most famous mining sites for Kunzite are in Afghanistan, the USA, Brazil and Madagascar.
It is believed that a person who carries Kunzite will be always accompanied by good luck. Many people carry it like a charm, a talisman of good luck, in an attempt to lure the blindfolded lady to them. As the old saying a little ominously goes: “If you don’t meet luck, you won’t catch it either.”
It is also said that Kunzite is a stone of spirituality, calmness, unity and unconditional love. Read more about Kunzite spiritual and healing properties
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