Kunzite Description

Kunzite’s beauty is apparent in both its natural crystal and faceted forms. - Robert Weldon
Kunzite is the light pink to violetish purple variety of the mineral spodumene. It’s found in Afghanistan, Brazil, Madagascar, and the US state of California. The gem was named after pioneering gemologist George Frederick Kunz (1856-1932).

This group of kunzite crystals was recovered from the Oceanview Mine in the Pala mining district of San Diego County, California. - Brendan Laurs
Kunzite has two perfect cleavage directions. It’s pleochroic, with the best colour visible when you look down the length of the crystal. Cutters keep these factors in mind when they orient gems for finishing. They might also cut a kunzite deep to emphasise its pink to violet colour.

This lovely faceted kunzite displays an example of the best colour this gem has to offer. - Robert Weldon
It is not unusual to find kunzite in large sizes. The Smithsonian Institution houses a faceted heart-shaped kunzite that weighs 880 carats.

Kunzite can be irradiated and then heat-treated to enhance its colour. Both treated and natural colour in kunzite can fade with exposure to heat and bright light.