|Kunzite is the pale pink-violet to light violet species of the mineral spodumene. Kunzite is named as a tribute to George F. Kunz, the legendary American mineralogist and buyer for Tiffany & Co, who first described the gem in 1902. Kunzite is the pink-violet sister to the yellow-green hiddenite, another specimen of the spodumene family. Kunzite is strongly pleochroic, meaning there is a colour intensity variation when a crystal of it is viewed from different directions. The top and bottom of the crystal reveal the deepest colours. Kunzite is very difficult to cut to ensure that the light passes through the gem and accents the desired colour. Kunzite is said to help one to understand and interact better with others.
Some consider kunzite a modern-day birthstone for February, which lacks support of the traditionalists. The wearer of a kunzite gemstone is believed to be blessed with good fortune. Kunzite is said to help one to understand and interact better with others.
|Pink-violet to yellow-green
||Named for American mineralogist George F. Kunz, kunzite measures 6.0 – 7.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness.