Displaying a fine violet pink hue, kunzite is a beloved gemstone that is celebrated for its delicate lilac nuances.
Kunzite is a variety of the mineral spodumene. In 1902, New York jeweler and gemologist George Kunz became the first person to give a comprehensive description of this stone. One of the defining features of kunzite is its pleochroic properties. Depending on the angle from which you view it, this stone will display different colors and may appear to be pink or violet. Kunzite is a gemstone known for its soothing and serene soft lilac color. However, this gemstone is also known for its perfect cleavage, which makes it extremely difficult for jewelers to cut. Kunzite's propensity to fade in strong sunlight also makes it a rare gem selection for many jewelry pieces.
Kunzite was discovered in 1902 in the Pala District of San Diego County in California. Today, kunzite can typically be found in Afghanistan, Madagascar, Brazil and the United States. We source kunzite from the Minas Gerais state of Brazil.