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Information and Caring For Kunzite Gem Stones
Hardness: 6 To 7
Color: Light Pink (Lilac) to Deeper Shades Of Pink
Sources: U.S, Brazil, Pakistan, Madagascar
Peculiarities: Color Fades When Exposed To Bright Light Or High Temperatures.
The mineral spodumene has been known to mankind for a very long time. However
gemstone quality crystals of this mineral were found more recently. The Kunzite
gemstone was first found in California, U.S in 1902. It was named after the
gemologist George F. Kunz. The mineral spodumene has two major classifications
as far as gemstone quality of the mineral are concerned. The pinkish or
violetish pink type is referred to as Kunzite and the greenish variety of this
mineral is called 'hiddenite'.
The Kunzite gemstone is generally found in larger sizes of upto 8 carats. Good
colored and fine quality Kunzite in smaller sizes is not often found. This is the reason
why the Kunzite gemstone is normally set in Kunzite pendants or larger sized Kunzite
rings. The first find of the Kunzite gemstone was made in U.S but, it was later mined
in a few other countries like Brazil, Madagascar and Pakistan.
Regarding the color of Kunzite gems, the lighter pink shades are cheaper as compared
to the richer pink tones. Though not commonly practised, radiation can be used to
enhance the color of Kunzite gem stones. The most important feature of Kunzite is also
the one that is kept most secretive. The Kunzite gemstone fades in color if exposed
to strong light or heat. Sellers fear that buyers would be put off if they knew this
and do not make this disclosure to the buyer.
Kunzite gems exhibit the pleochroism effect that causes them to show different
colors when viewed from different angles. Gemstone cutters who cut Kunzite gems
always cut it at an angle that shows the maximum pink color when viewed from the
top. It is a very difficult gemstone to cut and the wrong type of cut could ruin
an otherwise stunning Kunzite gemstone.
Though the hardness of Kunzite is quite good at 6 to 7 on the Moh's scale, the
gemstone is quite fragile and will chip if struck hard. This needs to be kept
in mind when designing Kunzite gemstone jewelry.
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The gemstone is quite fragile and needs to be protected from impact. It will easily
chip and break if struck hard. This point needs to be kept in mind right from the
jewelry design stage itself.
As already mentioned above, the Kunzite gemstone fades in color when exposed to
strong light or heat. Do not leave your Kunzite ring in the hot sun or in a parked
car that is left out in the sun. This characteristic of Kunzite makes your Kunzite
ring ideal for indoor wear like dinner parties and other evening occassions.
Should your Kunzite gemstone or Kunzite gemstone jewelry need cleaning, take it
to a professional jeweller. Do not clean kunzite in a home ultrasonic cleaner,
it could ruin the gemstone.
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Kunzite gemstone (or any other gemstone) that you need. All our custom jewelry can be ordered with gemstones
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Other pink colored gemstones. There are a few other pink colored gemstones
besides Kunzite. Pink Tourmaline is one such gemstone, the tourmaline gemstone
has a few other colors like yellow and green. Pink tourmaline has shades of
light pink to more pronounced darker shades of pink. Larger sizes of Pink Tourmaline
are not very easy to find and those with good quality carry a premium price.
Another pink colored gemstone that has become very popular in recent times is
Pink Sapphire. The gemstone is quite expensive and sizes of 2 carats or
less are generally used by designers in pink gemstone jewelry designs. There are many
fake versions of 'pink sapphires' and you need to make sure that you get a reliable source.
Pink Morganite is available in pale light pink colors, morganite is not a very
popular gemstone, but jewelry lovers who have seen this gemstone are hypnotized
by it's beauty and elegance. Some astounding large sized Pink Morganite gemstones
are also available but these are quite expensive. We will end this brief list of
pink gemstones with a mention of Pink Topaz. Jewelry with Pink Topaz gemstones
is sold in substantial quantities, however there is something that you should know.
Natural pink topaz is not very commonly found and many of the so called 'pink topaz'
gemstones are, infact pink color coated, white topaz gems.
Birthstone Information And Charts: The Kunzite gemstone is not recognized
as a birthstone or an anniversary gemstone. If you are looking for jewelry to
be worn as a birthstone jewel or an anniversary jewel, see our detailed birth stone
and anniversary gemstone charts.
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