Kunzite is one of the most important and commercially popular varieties of the Spodumene family because of its beautiful pink color. To achieve the deepest saturation and tone possible, it has to be cut carefully and oriented in a particular way to bring out the stone’s best color. The best hues are those of 10 carats or larger, but it has also been found in 1,000 carat sizes.
The characteristics, metaphysical properties and additional information presented here are interesting and well worth a look.
General Information About Kunzite
Kunzite was first discovered in the early 1900’s by George Frederick Kunz who was an American mineralogist as well as VP and buyer for Tiffany and Company in New York. He had always been fascinated by colored stones and when, in 1902, he found the first specimen of Kunzite in Connecticut, he was thrilled. It ended up being named after him.
Properties of Kunzite
Varieties: Hidenite (green Kunzite), blue Kunzite, yellow Kunzite and triphane (colorless);
Hardness: 6.5 – 7;
Color: pink to violet-pink – the color may fade in some stones when exposed to sunlight; biaxial common point is 0.006 from high RI;
Florescence: low UV light will reveal a strong yellowish pink to orange hue; strong UV light will reveal a weak to moderate yellowish pink to orange hue;
Inclusions: Kunzite is a type 1 clarity stone that sometimes has growth and etch tubes, healing cracks, liquid and multi-phase inclusions;
Fracture: uneven and splintery;
Cleavage: perfect in two directions;
Crystal Structure: monoclinic, prismatic or tabular;
Sometimes Mistaken For: pink sapphire, pink tourmaline and pink spinel.
Kunzite is a lithium aluminum silicate. It crystallizes in a monoclinic system with a prismatic crystal structure that results in a phenomenon where different colors can be observed when the stone is viewed at different angles. It is primarily found in granite pegmatites (a coarse-grained crystalline igneous rock that solidifies far below the Earth’s surface) and occurs in extremely large crystals.
The gemstone exhibits perfect cleavage which is a trait you’d find in both topaz and diamonds. Although it begins as a darker purple, greenish purple or green color, it fades with prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or heat resulting in a pastel pink hue. As a result, the stones have been dubbed an “evening stone” since that’s the best time to wear them.
They get their color from the presence of manganese. However, they also have a vitreous luster and hardness that’s similar to quartz but softer than pink sapphire and spinel making them an ideal choice for jewelry as well as healing stones.
Metaphysical Details About Kunzite
Kunzite activates the Heart Chakra and aligns it to the Crown Chakra. It’s called the stone of emotion because it’s believed that it will eliminate fear, open the heart to new forms of love and release us from past traumas and pain that block our energy. It also increases sensitivity and receptivity while providing protection. It brings blessings, good luck and prosperity and is capable of causing change resulting in a new path in life.
Most importantly, however, is the fact that it can be used to reduce stress and tension while enhancing a sense of calm and emitting peaceful vibrations. It is said that Kunzite will unleash human nature’s latent spiritual potential that will bring enlightenment while expanding consciousness. Because one of the properties in the stone is lithium, it’s believed to be a cleansing as well as healing stone.
Kunzite is considered a “Woman’s Stone” that can help young girls through puberty, provide support for young, first-time or single mothers and assist those that may have a difficult time carrying a baby. Green Kunzite is believed to boost the natural hormone production in the body while improving circulation in the brain. It can also help alleviate swelling, bruising and symptoms of emotional trauma while strengthening the heart. White to clear Kunzite helps the soul find a path back to self-realization. Lilac Kunzite symbolizes infinity and helps the soul find the easiest path to enlightenment. It’s also able to ground the energy of love.
Kunzite is also an excellent amulet for travel. It can help by calming road rage and reducing stress. It can also calm difficult passengers that are riding in the car. When visiting new locations, it can provide protection against harmful spirits while increasing intuitive powers. By far the most popular, though, is pink. The soft, pastel hue brings comfort while cleansing away dark shadows that may have accumulated from entering negative energy fields. The result is peace, joy and a sense of calm that fills the body and mind.
Examples of Famous Jewelry Containing Kunzite
Perhaps the most unique piece of jewelry featuring a Kunzite gemstone was a 47-carat stone surrounded by diamonds set in a ring that President John F. Kennedy purchased for his wife Jacqueline. He bought it early in the fall of 1963 as a Christmas present for Jackie. Unfortunately, he never had the chance to give it to her due to his assassination in November of that same year.
In the days following his death, the ring was delivered to the White House where the former president’s personal secretary, Mrs. Lincoln, delivered it to Jackie. As can be imagined, she treasured this final gift from her husband and wore it the rest of her life. In 1996 it was sold at a Sotheby’s Auction for $415,000.
How to Use Kunzite
Sometimes all you have to do is gaze at the crystal’s surface to benefit from its metaphysical powers. However, if held in the hand you’ll feel the stress of the day leave your body. Your muscles will relax and nerves will begin to calm. It can also alleviate rage, anger or fear by replacing negative feelings with a sense of calm and peace.
Where Can We Find Kunzite Today?
Although Kunzite was first discovered in Connecticut in the US, the first commercial deposit was discovered in San Diego, CA. Other significant deposits have been found since then in Brazil, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Lesser sources are mined in various sites throughout the US, Madagascar and Myanmar. Smaller gem quality deposits have been identified in Russia, Mexico, Canada, Western Australia, Africa and Sweden.
Kunzite is a very inexpensive gemstone with higher values applied based on the depth of pink color as well as the size of the gem. It not only makes an amazing addition to any type of jewelry but can also help get you on the right path to a balanced life and peaceful emotional state.
Whether it’s a special gift for that special someone like the ring for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis from JFK or as a healing stone, it is worth investigating to see if it fits your needs. Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or in the comments section of this page.