LiAl(SiO3)2 - Lithium Aluminium Silicate
Kunzite is lilac-pink Spodumene. It's color is a result of manganese. Depending on the direction one is viewing kunzite, it will appear as different colors. It will be clear from one direction and pink from the other. As a result, it needs to be cut carefully so that the pink will show through the table facet. It is beautiful in rings, necklaces, and pendants. More on...
Care and Treatment
Kunzite is often irradiated to enhance color.
Kunzite is especially fragile due to its crystalline structure. Protect kunzite from scratches and sharp blows. Also avoid large temperature changes (such as leaving it be a heater vent or in a hot car). Do not clean kunzite in a home ultrasonic cleaner. Kunzite will fade when exposed to sunlight over time.
Kunzite has a hardness of 7.
Specific Gravity: 3.17 - 3.23
Kunzite was discovered in 1877. It was named after G. F. Kunz in 1902. Kunzite is found in Africa, Brazil, Canada, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Sweden, and USA (California).
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