K for Kunzite

Kunzite:  A lilac to pink variety of the mineral family spodumene named after the head gemologist at Tiffany & Co. in 1902 by the name of George Frederick Kunz. Kunzite is a very distinctive shade of pale lilac pink and is an attractive gemstone when a pink stone is desired. Although it rates a 6.5 – 7  on the Mohs scale, it does have a cleavage so impacting the stone harshly will cause it to break along the cleavage plane. For this reason, it is not recommended for setting into rings – pendants and earrings are fine. Another point to be aware of about Kunzite is that it is a ‘nocturnal’ stone. Kunzites’ color will fade in sunlight. This goes for heated or natural Kunzite although heated stones will fade at a faster rate.

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