Back to gem encyclopedia

Kunzite

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

Responsive image
Beautiful Pink

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

Responsive image
Pleochroic

Kunzite displays different colors when viewed in different directions.

Responsive image
Cut Challenges

Kunzite can be difficult to cut because of its cleavage.

Responsive image
Responsive image
Cleavage

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

Responsive image
Light-sensitive

Kunzite can fade with prolonged exposure to strong light.

Responsive image
Irregular

Kunzite crystals typically have irregular terminations.

Responsive image
Tools

Research

Multicolored gem suite
High-End Colored Gems

A unique assortment of colored gemstones as seen at the GJX show in Tucson.

Read More

Gemstone Durability: Design to Display

A treatise on the design, display, care and repair of fine gemstones.

Read More

A Status Report on Gemstones from Afghanistan

An overview of the plentiful and various gem materials being discovered and produced in Afghanistan.

Read More

Gem-Bearing Pegmatites: A Review

A survey of the current gemological knowledge of pegmatites, including the gem varieties aquamarine, tourmaline, and topaz.

Read More

The Cutting Properties of Kunzite

The cutting of a one-kilo kunzite crystal demonstrates the problems inherent in working with this stone.

Read More

Article
Kunzite Journey of the Stone

Kunzite Journey of the Stone

Read More

Article
Kunzite Care and Cleaning

Learn about kunzite's durability and how to care for your kunzite jewelry.

Read More

Kunzite Crystal and Faceted Stones
Article
Kunzite Quality Factors

Learn about the factors that make kunzite so desirable.

Read More

Article
Kunzite History and Lore

Kunzite is a relative newcomer to the array of colored stones available for use in jewelry.

Read More

Article
Kunzite Description

Kunzite is the light pink to violetish purple variety of the mineral spodumene.

Read More