Kunzite (Spodumene) - International Crystals Encyclopedia https://www.atlantisinstitute.org/


Origin - the place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts out, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.
Kunzite, a variety of spodumene, is a chain silicate that consists of lithium aluminium inosilicate which is a pyroxene mineral. It is a pink to lilac colour variety with the colour derived from traces of manganese.


It occurs in lithium rich granite , aplites and pegmatites and significant sources are found in the localities of Afghanistan, Brazil, Australia and Madagascar, among others.


All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are 7 systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Kunzite crystals belong to the Monoclinic system.


History - the past considered as a whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or sometihing, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.
Kunzite was discovered in 1902, so has a very recent documented mineral history. It was named after the noted mineralogist and Chief Jeweller (at the time) of Tiffany & Co; George Frederick Kunze.


It is embedded in a noteable piece of jewellery, the Russian Palmette Tiara, which has been worn by the Duchess of Gloucester.


Specification - the act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
Kunzite has an uneven to subconchoidal fracture with a brittle tenacity. The stone has a vitreous luster which is pearly on the cleavage and can contain a white streak.


Pleochoism is srong in Kunzite and measures 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale rating of hardness.


Varieties - a number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.
Kunzite is a variety of Spodumene of which Hiddenite is also another variety. Associated minerals to Spodumene include but are not limited to:


  • Albite
  • Quartz
  • Petalite
  • Eucryptite
  • Beryl
  • Lepidolite



Esoteric Attributes - a quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.
Crystals by their very nature are able to receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy and hence crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world.


Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrational frequencies that can be harnesed and used for specific purposes. Each therefore have specific qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.


The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Kunzite crystals.


Mental: Kunzite is an aid in the acceptance of criticism.It strengthens tolerance and promotes a willingness to serve. It is a contemplative stone that promotes loving thoughts.
Emotional: Kunzite increases empathy and strengthens humility.  It provides peace and heals heartache.
Physical: Kunzite releases constraints and tension in the heart. It is an aid to toothache and alleviates neuralgia and static neuralgia.


Crystal Chart - Kunzite


Crystal: Kunzite
Mineralogy: Pink Chain Silicate
Geometric form: Monoclinic
Formation: Primary
Family: Silicates
Birthstone: Kunzite is associated with the Astrological signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Leo.
Appearance: Uneven to subconchoidal fracture with a brittle tenacity. The stone has a vitreous luster which is pearly on the cleavage and can contain a white streak
Aura: Kunzite is a highly spiritual stone that promotes love and peace and clears the aura of negativity.
Colour: Colours range from clear, colourless, lilac and pink.
Chakra: Kunzite is a stone of high vibration that is associated with the activation of the Heart Chakra. It aligns this with the Throat and Third Eye Chakras.




International Crystals - References and resources:


Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014

World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Crystal Healing, 2001


New Oxford American Dictionary