Kunzite was discovered in California, USA at the start of the 20th century in 1902 and remained a collectors gemstone until more recently.
Kunzite was named after George Frederick Kunz, the legendary New York jeweller, coloured stone specialist and former vice president and buyer for Tiffany & Company.
Although very attractive, Kunzite’s pink colouring is notorious for fading following prolonged exposure to sunlight. For this reason, jewellery featuring Kunzite is largely worn at night.
Sources: While Kunzite was originally discovered in the USA, and is still found there, key sources today are Afghanistan, Pakistan, Brazil, Madagascar and Mozambique.
Colour palette: Usually pale but sometimes bright and intense, Kunzite’s colouring ranges from light pink to saturated pink; lilac to lavender, and from light violet to pink-violet. The deeper pink the Kunzite, the more valuable it generally is.
This gemstone is also strongly pleochroic, revealing different intensities of pink, clear and violet, depending on the angle from which it is viewed.
More information about the Kunzite: Kunzite is not a designated Birthstone or Wedding Anniversary gemstone but is believed to have the power to relieve a person from unwanted stress, anger and negative feelings, and repair a broken heart.