KUNZITE, the pink variety of spodumene

VARIETY INFORMATION:

  • VARIETY OF: Spodumene , LiAlSi2 O6, Lithium Aluminum Silicate .
  • USES: Gemstone and ornamental stone.
  • COLOR: various shades of pink, deeper along the crystal axis.
  • INDEX OF REFRACTION: 1.66
  • BIREFRINGENCE: is weak
  • HARDNESS: 6.5-7
  • CLEAVAGE: perfect in two directions
  • CRYSTAL SYSTEM: monoclinic
  • SPECIMENS

Kunzite is the pink variety of spodumene and is one of two gemstone varieties. The other variety is green and is called Hiddenite.

Kunzite is strongly pleochroic, meaning there is a color intensity variation when a crystal is viewed from the top or bottom then from other directions. The top and bottom of the crystal reveal the deepest colors and knowledgeable gem cutters take advantage of its effects. Due to kunzite's cleavage, splintery fracture and strong pleochroism it is considered a real gem cutter's challenge. However, its lovely pink color makes kunzite an attractive and desirable gemstone.

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Available KUNZITE specimens:
KUNZITE specimen KUN-22
$ 30.00 -50% = $ 15.00
Dims: 1.69x0.56x0.27in (4.30x1.41x0.69cm) .... Wt: 0.180oz (5.00g) .... Loc: Resplendor, Minas Gerais, Brazil
This is a nice kunzite specimen, showing a good (but pale) color, and decent crystal form. The striations almost give it a twisted appearance. To my eye, it is paler than my camera suggests.
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KUN-22
$ 15.00
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KUNZITE specimen KUN-21
$ 60.00 -50% = $ 30.00
Dims: 3.02x2.39x1.11in (7.68x6.08x2.81cm) .... Wt: 5.7oz (161g) .... Loc: Kunar Mine, Kunar State, Afghanistan
This large kunzite crystal shows a distorted hexagonal cross section, with only two faces in good condition. It shows a minimum pink color and slight pleochroism. The transparency is marred by numerous internal fractures. The closeup image does not show the proper color - it should appear a very pale pink. Still, this is a lot of kunzite.
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KUN-21
$ 30.00
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