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Kunzite

Collectors love kunzite for its color range, from delicate pastel pink to intense violetish purple.

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Beautiful Pink

Kunzite’s attractive color comes from trace amounts of manganese.

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Pleochroic

Kunzite displays different colors when viewed in different directions.

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Cut Challenges

Kunzite can be difficult to cut because of its cleavage.

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Cleavage

Kunzite cleaves in two directions, which can make cutting difficult.

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Light-sensitive

Kunzite can fade with prolonged exposure to strong light.

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Irregular

Kunzite crystals typically have irregular terminations.

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Tools

Buyer's Guide

A lack of recognition among consumers affects kunzite’s value. Its prices are not as high as you might expect, given its rarity and attractiveness.

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What To Look For

Color

Kunzite’s most-valued colors are an intense pink to violetish purple, but it is most often seen in light pink to light violet hues.

Clarity

It is not uncommon to find kunzites that are virtually inclusion-free, so the presence of many eye-visible inclusions will greatly lower its value.

Cut

Kunzite’s greatest color concentration is visible when you look down the length of a rough crystal. Cutters try to orient finished gems to take advantage of this fact.

Carat Weight

It is not unusual to find faceted kunzite in large sizes.

Kunzite Quality Factors: The Comprehensive Guide