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Uses and History
It was originally discovered in 1902, and named after George Frederick Kunz, the chief gemologist at Tiffany & Co.
It is often clear and free of inclusions and used as a gemstone. However, Kunzite is notorious for fading when exposed to sunlight.
Kunzite is strongly pleochroic and shows pink, clear, and violent hues depending on the angle from which it is viewed.
It is exclusively used for jewellery – typically faceted, but occasionally cut en cabochon.
Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Pakistan, the USA.
Photos of Kunzite
Hazards and Warnings
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
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