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Kunzite Earrings Kunzite is the pink variety of the lithium aluminum silicate spodumeme. Spodumene is a relatively rare pyroxene found mainly in lithium rich pegmatites. Rough crystals of spodumene have been found in gigantic proportions, one of the largest was a single crystal measuring over 47 feet long and weighing 90 tons! Spodumene is the principle source of lithium, which is the lightest of all metals.

Gem spodumene occurs very rarely and in much smaller crystals. The color in gem spodumenes ranges from colorless to yellow, pink to violet (kunzite), yellowish-green to medium deep green (hiddenite) and very rarely in a light blue color. The perfect cleavage of kunzite makes it considerably more difficult to facet, and a little more care is necessary to prevent damage when wearing a kunzite gemstone set in a ring. Kunzite gems are perfectly suited for setting into pendants, brooches and earrings.

The color in the gem varieties of spodumene is due to impurities of iron (producing yellow to green colored spodumene), chromium (producing medium-deep green colored spodumene) or manganese (producing pink to lilac spodumene), all substituting for aluminum in the crystal structure.

Some of the gem spodumenes will change color upon heating or irradiating. The pink color of natural kunzite is generally stable up to about 500oC where it will fade to colorless. This color can be restored by irradiation. When pink spodumene is irradiated, an unstable brown or green color is produced which will show evidence of fading within a few hours in a well-lit location. Heating to about 200oC will restore the original pink color.

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Kunzite (LiALSi2O6) occurs almost exclusively in lithium rich granite pegmatites. It is a relatively rare mineral, occuring in association with quartz, microcline, albite, muscovite, smoky quartz, lepidolite, tourmaline and beryl, and more rarely with topaz, amblygonite, apatite and cassiterite.
Kunzite has also been reported in rare cases in aplites and in gneisses.

Kunzite is recognized by its prismatic cleavage on {110} and parting on {100}, and by its pegmatitic occurance. Kunzite can also be distinguished by its strong pleochrism and relatively high refractive index.

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The mineral Kunzite was named for the author and gemologist George F. Kunz.

Spodumene is a major source of lithium, which has a great variety of uses including in the manufacture of lubricants, ceramics, batteries, welding supplies, experimental fuels and in anti-depressant drugs.

Transparent spodumenes of pink to violet color (kunzite) and yellowish-green to medium deep green (hiddenite) are used as gemstones.

The astrological signs of kunzite are Scorpio, Taurus and Leo, and the sign of hiddenite is Scorpio.
Kunzite is a birthstone for the month of september.

Traditionally, the wearing of kunzite jewelry is thought to bring good luck.

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Wearing kunzite jewelry or holding a kunzite crystal is said to help one to understand and interact better with others, to help heal "broken hearts", to relieve stress and anger, and to bring love, peace and harmony.
Hiddenite is said to enhance one's creative and spiritual potentials, and to stimulate one's intellect.

Kunzite is said to help strengthen the circulatory system, and to be helpfull in the treatment of lung disorders.
Hiddenite is said to be usefull in diagnosing ailments.

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For more in-depth spodumene metaphysical information,
see our Metaphysical Books section.

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