A large, thin Kunzite Crystal in its natural form. Very slightly pink in colour, striated and terminated, this is a great rough piece of this gemstone. It is uncommon to find Kunzite crystal specimens and this one would be an excellent gift for the discerning crystal collector.
9cm x 2.5cm x 0.7cm, 33.3g.
Kunar Valley, Afghanistan.
A pink gem variety of Spodumene. LiAlSi2O6.
Spodumene is worked as an ore of lithium, but it is most highly prized as a gem material – the varieties Kunzite (pink) and Hiddenite (green) are especially sought after. It is usually found as a constituent of lithium-rich pegmatites. Kunzite is named for George Frederick Kunz (1856-1932), American mineralogist with Tiffany & Co.