What is Kunzite?


Kunzite is a pink to lilac colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral spodumene. It’s primarily found in Afghanistan, Brazil, and Madagascar. Kunzite is known for its beautiful colors and is often used as a gemstone.

Kunzite is a pastel-colored gemstone that belongs to the spodumene family. Its soft colors and lustrous appearance make it a popular choice for jewelry, especially rings and pendants.

Gemstone Properties

Chemical ClassificationInorganic - Silicate (Spodumene)
ColorRanges from light pink to violet.
TransparencyTransparent to translucent.
OccurrenceAfghanistan, Brazil, and Madagascar.
FormationTypically found in granite pegmatites.
CleavagePerfect in one direction
Mohs Hardness6.5 - 7
Specific GravityApproximately 3.18.
Diagnostic PropertiesPink to violet, a variety of spodumene.
Chemical CompositionLiAl(SiO3)2
PleochroismStrong; kunzite can show different color intensity when viewed from different angles.
Crystal SystemMonoclinic (variety of Spodumene)
Optical PropertiesBiaxial (-)
Refractive Index1.660 - 1.676
2V angleMeasured: 84°