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.
Kunzite is the best-known variety of spodumene. Others are green hiddenite and yellow triphane.
A “NEW” GEM
Kunzite was first recognized as a unique variety of spodumene around 1902.
The pegmatites that yield kunzite are also a source of lithium.
There are processes used to alter the color, apparent clarity, or improve the durability of gems. Some gemstones have synthetic counterparts that have essentially the same chemical, physical, and optical properties, but are grown by man in a laboratory.
Some consider kunzite to be an alternate birthstone for February.