6 Facts You Should Know About Kunzites

  • Kunzite is a light pink to violet purple gem. It is usually free from inclusions that can be seen with the unaided eye.

  • Kunzite was discovered in 1902, and was named after George Frederick KunzTiffany & Co's chief jeweller, and a noted mineralogist.

  • Kunzite shows different colours from different angles. 

  • Kunzite crystals are usually long and have an uneven top. The way the kunzite crystal is formed makes it easy to break, so cutting it can be difficult.

  • Kunzite's colour comes from small amounts of manganese, a chemical element.

  • Kunzite rates 7.0  on the mohs hardness scale, and requires special care when worn in jewellery.

July 08, 2014 by Perrine Comeille
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