Kunzite belongs to the spodumen mineral family, as a gemstone kunzite has a rather young history. In 1902 George Fredrick Kunz discovered a piece of Kunzite in California. He gave what surely is, the first comprehensive description of this pink to pinkish violet spodumen. It is easy to understand why this stone was named Kunzite, the practice of naming new gem finds after their finder was quite common at that time.

While the first occurrence of Kunzite was reported in 1902 in the Pala District Of The San Diego County in California, rough Kunzite stones are now also mined in Afghanistan, Brazil and Madagascar. Kunzite gems show an interesting property called pleochroism. What this means is that, if you held a cut and polished kunzite gem and viewed it from different angles, you could observe different colors indeed the gem could also appear colorless from specific angles.

The property of pleochroism that comes naturally to Kunzite gems poses quite a few challenges for the gem cutter. The gem needs to be held and oriented in a specific angle to show its best color. Since Kunzite gems exhibit different colors when viewed from different angles, it is necessary for the best color to be visible from the front (top) view of the stone. The expertise and skill of the gem cutter is put through a severe test when cutting a Kunzite stone.

The color of Kunzite gemstones could range from a very pale pink, to a slightly more pronounced pinkish violet. You can also find saturated violet or pinkish violet shades of Kunzite. An interesting thing about the color of Kunzite gem stones is that, there is no specific color shade that is preferred individual preferences will rule when the buyer selects a Kunzite gem.

When choosing a Kunzite gemstone, clarity, size and the quality of the cut should be given top priority.

We have so far spoken the pretty things about this gorgeous gemstone, let us now talk about color stability of Kunzite. This gemstone can fade over time, exposure to bright light can hasten the color fade experienced in Kunzite stones. There is a belief that, untreated Kunzite gems will not fade. Most of the Kunzite that you come across today, is heat treated or irradiated to enhance its color. However the color fade property of Kunzite happens to both, treated and untreated Kunzite gem stones.

As a gemstone jewel, Kunzite exhibits a fair amount of durability with a hardness rating of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale. However you should keep the color fade quality of this gem in mind when, wearing or storing your loose Kunzite gems or Kunzite jewelry. As is the case with many other gems, we would suggest that you ensure that the gem does not hit against, hard objects or hard surfaces.

While we do not claim any special properties for the gems that we provide, we will narrate some traditional beliefs attributed to Kunzite gemstones. With its capability, to liberate the mind from tension and worry it is recommended as a gemstone for people suffering from stress and nervous tension. Kunzite is also believed to help a person stay focused on a specific task on hand. Irrespective of these traditions, the serene pink color of Kuznite is sure to make you feel calm and peaceful.