Natural Aqua Color Kunzite
Origin : Afghanistan
No heating, no treatments.
Excellent cut, color and loupe clean clarity.
Can become valuable Jewelry.
Kunzite is known as “The Evening Gem” , because it fades when exposed to light.
1.) Kunzite shows beautiful colors in all lighting conditions, low, mid and high.
2.) Kunzite is UV light sensitive meaning, that beautiful pink can become lovely white if Gem is left on dashboards or windowsills.
Kunzite is the best-known variety of the mineral spodumene. It’s named after famed gemologist George Frederick Kunz, who was the first to identify it as a unique variety of spodumene. Kunzite gets its delicate color from trace amounts of manganese. California’s San Diego County is an important source of kunzite.
Kunzite has two perfect cleavage directions. It’s pleochroic, with the best color 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 emphasize its pink to violet color.
Kunzite can be irradiated and then heat-treated to enhance its color. Both treated and natural color in kunzite can fade with exposure to heat and bright light.