angelic gem of lilac pink
Kunzite Origin & Physical Properties
Kunzite is the pink to lilac or violet colored variety of Spodumene, a lithium aluminum inosilicate. Spodumene is the main source for lithium. Hiddenite is the green variety of the same species. Kunzite forms in often quite large prismatic monoclinic crystals that are often flat and elongated with striated crystal growth.
Kunzite is strongly pleochroic, from one direction appearing pink to lilac while from the perpendicular axis can appear colorless. It’s pleochroism is put to stunning effect when cut by a skilled lapidary. Kunzite is one of the most difficult gems to facet due to its cleavage and can rupture often during the cutting process. However, once the gem has been completed it is stable and durable. Kunzite can also fade when placed in direct sunlight and should be kept in a dark place when not being worn.
Kunzite was first discovered in our modern era by geologist George F. Kunz, from which it received its name. The first significant deposit of Kunzite was discovered in 1902 in Pala, California. Currently, most commercial rough comes out of the Himalayan mountains, close to the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Vitreous, pearly on cleavage
1.657 to 1.681
Strong pink, orangeStrong pink, orange
Transparent to Translucent
Pink, Purple, White, gray, colorless,
Scorpio, Taurus, Leo
Protection, Love, expression, emotions, removes blockages
Kunzite Healing & Metaphysical Properties
It is no coincidence that Kunzite is a crystalized synthesis of almost pure lithium, a chemical element that has been used for decades in the treatment of depression. Indeed, one of Kunzite’s primary metaphysical qualities is to uplift, inspire and give hope in times of crisis. Just as lithium is super conductive and an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, Kunzite is an excellent conductor of subtle healing energy.
Kunzite has an affinity with feminine energy and can help bring into balance the yin one’s constitution. Kunzite is often described as Angelic due to its soothing, calming and loving properties that seem to lighten the load and carry one’s heart energy up into the higher chakras.
Kunzite is an excellent emotional healer, helping to let go of old fears, relieve anxiety and allow the heart energy to flow more freely. Kunzite has a unique link between the heart and crown chakra, building a bridge of understanding between the heart and mind. Tap into the universal divine love that is a constant, even during our most trying times.