KUNZITE


All facts and figures taken from the GIA

KUNZITE

Collectors love kunzite for its color range, from delicate pastel pink to intense violetish purple. Kunzite is the best-known variety of the mineral spodumene. It’s named after famed gemologist George Frederick Kunz, who was the first to identify it as a unique variety of spodumene. Kunzite gets its delicate color from trace amounts of manganese. California’s San Diego County is an important source of kunzite.


MINERAL: Spodumene
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION: LiAlSi2O6
COLOR: Pink-violetish purple, light-intense
REFRACTIVE INDEX: 1.660 to 1.676
BIREFRINGENCE: 0.014 to 0.016
SPECIFIC GRAVITY: 3.18
MOHS HARDNESS: 6.5 to 7.0


Some consider kunzite to be an alternate birthstone for February.

FOUND WHERE

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