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Kunzite is a species of spodumene. The name was given by the famous mineralogist, gemologist of Tiffany & Co firm George Kunz, who described the gem in 1902. It comes from the Greek spodumenos (σποδούμενος), meaning "burnt to ashes", which is associated with its property: the stone forms an ash-colored mass when heated with a blowpipe.
Shades of kunzite stone are presented in pleasing to the eye pastel colors - from pink to bluish purple. Pink is the most expensive. Most kunzites, which are pale pink-purple in color, are considered inexpensive specimens. If the color is especially saturated with an accentuated pink color with a minimal violet hue, such options are estimated ten times more expensive.
This type of spodumene can be of any size and often does not contain noticeable cracks and impurities. Collectors chase after the largest kunzite crystals. Its standard size is 5–10 cm. Such stones are heavy in weight, sometimes almost a kilogram. In private collections, it is considered good luck to have samples of 700 g, the length of which is about 20 cm.
Place of mining:
Kunzite is not a rare mineral, but unique specimens suitable for gem-cutting are mainly mined in the USA (California) and Brazil (Minas Gerais state). The largest deposits of this stone, which is not always of gem value, are in Pakistan, Nigeria, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Afghanistan, which is the world leader in its mining.
Features of kunzite stone
As with each gem, so the kunzite has special physical characteristics. The crystal has the shape of a flat prism with vertical faces. It has a good density index of 3.18 (± 0.03) g/cm3, so even a small nugget is quite heavy. A similar density is inherent in diamond, although kunzite refracts light somewhat worse. Also:
Kunzite has distinct pleochroism - the ability to change its color depending on the angle of view or the angle at which the sun's rays fall on it. Looking at the gem from different angles, you can observe the changing of its colors: the stone can turn purple, then bright purple, then pale pink, then completely colorless.
This transparent layered mineral, endowed with a vitreous luster, exhibits strong fluorescence (non-thermal glow) in orange and yellow-red tones when illuminated by X-rays and ultraviolet rays. After prolonged irradiation, the mineral turns green.
Inside natural kunzite stones, vertical longitudinal strokes are distinguishable, one of the stone's distinctive characteristics.
Despite its considerable hardness, kunzite needs to be handled with care. A fragile gem can split from impact, it does not like prolonged exposure to bright sunlight due to which it fades over time. Also, kunzite is difficult to cut and cannot be refined by heating: instead of enhancing its color, it completely loses its color. However, our specialists know the intricacies of jewelry mastery, so on Gem Lovers, you can get only high-quality gems.
The gem is used by branded jewelry companies in their exclusive jewelry. Any jewelry containing kunzite emits a unique pinkish glow that looks good against the backdrop of a black outfit. Therefore, such jewelry is used as a relatively cheap but extremely effective replacement for expensive spinel or pink sapphire samples. Order a precious piece with a wonderful gem in the Gem Lovers online store: we will take into account all your wishes
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