Named after George F. Kunz, a Gemologist and Ex-Tiffany vice-president, this gem is relatively new, although it was discovered early this century. It is a beautiful pastel pink-lavender gem that does not like to be exposed to sunlight!
Kunzite naturally fades away when exposed to direct sun light for long periods of time, it usually turns to a whiter shade of pale pastel light pink.
Unfortunately it is a natural fact for Kunzite, however gem grade Kunzite shows excellent vivid electric lavenderish pink color in large stones that exceed 15 or 20ct in size. Fine color may be common but hardly found. Small sizes are usually washed out in color.
Most Kunzite sold these days is heated or irradiated, to deepen and intensify the color, it is very difficult to tell a natural Kunzite from a treated one. Heated or not, Kunzite has a unique vibrant beauty incomparable to other gems because of its trichroism and the fact that it is usually clean Type I gem.
Because Kunzite is a trichroi stone, it is critical to orient the stone properly when cutting, which means cutting its axis for its optimum color, lavender pink to lavenderish light bluish pink, only found in well cut Kunzite.
Brazil used to be the only source of Kunzite until 1978, since the discovery of Kunzite deposits in Afghanistan.It later on became the main producer of quality Spodumene, Kunzite.
Kunzite is usually used to design large pieces of jewelry, necklaces and pendants, making it an ideal gem for evening parties. Its magnificent pastel pink color makes it even more romantic.
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