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 color intensity variation when a crystal of it is viewed from different directions. The top and bottom of the crystal reveal the deepest colors. Kunzite is very difficult to cut to ensure that the light passes trough the gem and accents the desired color.


  Kunzite Gemology 

   Species: Spodumene
   Color: Pink-violet, light violet
   Chemical composition: LiAlSi206 lithium aluminum silicate
   Crystal system: Monoclinic, prismatic, tabular
   Hardness: 6.5 - 7 (Mohs scale)
   Specific gravity: 3.15 - 3.21
   Refractive index: 1.660 - 1.681
   Fluorescence: Strong: yellow-red,