Kunzite can be found in the palest pink to the lightest violet hues, and is the best-known variety of the mineral spodumene.
It was named after the mineralogist and jeweler George Frederick Kunz who first put it into the gem catalogue in 1902. Kunzite varies in color because of the silicate known as spodumene. The color can shift from pink to light violet and be even colorless depending on the angle of observation. Even though cutting kunzite is a difficult process, it can be faceted into beautiful gems.
Color is of the greatest importance when deciding value and the deeper the color the higher the price. Most kunzite is very clean so inclusions will mitigate value.
Kunzite was first discovered in Connecticut, USA by George Frederick Kunz who was a former vice president and buyer for Tiffany & Company. Kunz helped greatly in the promotion of this gem and was the first to comprehensively describe the stone in 1902.
Currently, there are many types of kunzite jewelry. Most of the production comes from the deposits located in Brazil, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and others celebrities were known to wear jewelry with Kunzite. From necklaces to rings and earrings, kunzite is a world-famous gem that can be incorporated into any type of jewelry.