Kunzite

Background * History

  • Kunzite was first discovered in Connecticut (USA), and was named after George Frederick Kunz (1856 – 1932), an American mineralogist and the former vice president and buyer for Tiffany & Company. Kunz was the first to comprehensively describe the stone in 1902.
  • Kunzite is the pale pink to light-violet gem-quality variety of the pyroxene mineral spodumene (lithium aluminum inosilicate). Kunzite colors range from light pink to saturated pink, lilac to lavender, and from light violet to pink-violet. Its color is owed to traces of manganese. Kunzite exhibits perfect cleavage. With prolonged exposure to direct sunlight Kunzite color can fade. Most of the current supply of Kunzite is found in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Kunzite and the entire spodumene group are important industrial sources of lithium, which is used for the making of medicines, ceramics, mobile phones and automotive batteries.

Healing * Metaphysical Properties

  • anxiety, calmness, cardiovascular system, circulatory system, communication, courage, depression, epilepsy, good fortune, heart, heartbreak, hormones, loneliness, love, lungs, memories, mental illness, neuralgia, panic attacks, phobias, protection,  relationships, respiration, seizures, sleeping, solar plexus, stress…

Chakra

**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Moirai.si does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

Gemological Properties

Chemical CompositionLiAl[Si2O6]
Colorviolet-pink
Hardness (Mohs)6.5-7
Specific Gravity3.15-3.21
Refractive Index1.660-1.681

Origin and Gemstone Sources

  • USA, Brazil, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Madagascar, Myanmar, Canada, Russia, Mexico, Sweden, Western Australia…

Care

  • Kunzite is relatively hard, but it should be handled with care because of its distinct perfect cleavage. Kunzite is sensitive to heat as well as strong light. Its color can fade under continued exposure to direct light. Avoid the use of ultrasonic cleaners and steamers. Kunzite can be effectively cleaned with the use of soapy water and a soft cloth or brush. Do not use any harsh chemicals or cleaners, including bleach and acid.
  • When storing gemstones or gemstone jewelry, store them inside a fabric-lined box or wrapped in a soft cloth separately from other type of gemstones to prevent damage or scratches.
  • It is best to remove any jewelry before engaging in any strenuous physical activity, such as exercise or sports.
  • Avoid spraying perfume or hairspray on your precious gems.

Zodiac

  • Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn