Kunzite is available in many beautiful
cuts and relatively large sizes at affordable
prices. Strongly colored Kunzites however, particularly of smaller sizes, are quite
rare and will naturally be more valuable.
Today, Kunzite deposits are mainly found in Afghanistan, Brazil, Canada, Madagascar,
Sweden, and the United States. The finds in Afghanistan are particularly beautiful,
displaying a deep pink color and gorgeous shades of violet.
Kunzite is rated at a 6 to 7 on the Moh's Scale of Hardness and should be protected
from sharp blows as it is relatively fragile. Kunzite gems are perfectly suited for pendants, brooches and earrings.
Kunzite is admired for its clarity and fine, delicate pink hues which often display
a hint of violet. Darker shades of pink are considered more valuable but Kunzites
are more commonly found displaying a fairly light color. The cut is crucial for
Kunzites color because of its pleochromatic nature. Kunzite is trichroic, meaning
it will exhibit three different colors when being viewed from different angles.
Depending on the angle being viewed, the stone will appear violet, pink, or colorless,
with the top of the stone revealing the deepest color.
The most important factor to consider when evaluating Kunzite is color. The more
intense the color, the more valuable the stone will be. The clarity and brilliance
will also have a significant effect on the value of the stone.
Common Cuts :
Kunzite is considered a true gem cutter's challenge. Firstly, for Kunzites fine
color to be displayed at its full potential, the cutter must precisely align the
raw crystal before commencing cutting.
This is because of its pleochromatic nature.
In a well cut stone, the deepest color pink color will always be visible from above.
Secondy, Kunzite gems have perfect cleavage making it extremely difficult to cut.
Routine Enhancements :
Kunzite is commonly heat-treated to improve coloration, and to darken light colored
Care & Cleaning :
The crystalline structure of Kunzite is quite fragile and it therefore needs to
be protected from sharp blows and knocks that could cause damage to the stone. Kunzite
should be kept away from prolonged exposure to excessive heat and direct sunlight
as this can cause the color of the stone to fade permanently. In addition to this,
Kunzite should be kept away from ultrasonic cleaners and household chemicals. Kunzite
gemstones are best cleaned
soapy water and a soft brush.
Kunzite jewelry should be stored in a fabric-lined
box away from other jewelry items in order to
avoid damage / scratching.