Pink Kunzite Crystal:
An exceptionally large kunzite specimen that is a perfect example of how a crystal's optic axis works. The stone's body color is light pink along the broad sides and a deeper purplish pink when looking down the crystal's ends.
The Origin: Cannot be determined.
The Measurements: Approximately 5" x 1.5" x 1.75"
The Weight: 384.67 grams
Other Notes: Crystal is completely natural formation. If faceted, the table of the stone would be cut parallel to the ends in order to maximize the richer color. Our best guess of origin would be Afghanistan
Mohs hardness: 6.5
- monoclinic crystal system
- do not display in direct sunlight for extended periods of time
- connects heart with mind, encouraging connection between the two
- believed to help alleviate symptoms of PMS
- minimizes migraines
Kunzite is a pink variety of "spodumene" first identified in 1902 by influential Tiffany and Co. mineralogist, Dr. George Frederick Kunz. The first material identified came from the Pala District in San Diego County, California. Today, stones of importance still come from San Diego, as well as Afghanistan, Mexico, Brazil, and Madagascar. Kunzite is often found with other pink gems such as morganite and pink tourmaline. The pink color is directly caused by the element lithium; large, low quality crystals are often processed to extract this element for industrial use.
Kunzite is 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs hardness scale and can safely be enjoyed in all types of jewelry. Kunzite jewelry can be cleaned with chemical jewelry cleaner unless otherwise noted on the label. It is important to note that some kunzite is known to permanently fade color when exposed to intense, direct sunlight for extended periods of time. While this is not the case for all kunzite stones, we recommend storing kunzite jewelry in a sealed, dark box or location when not being worn as a precaution.