Brendan Tracey 2/15/14 A4
What is KUNZITE?
Kunzite is the pink to light purple gem. Kunzite is a variety of the mineral spodumene. spodumene is a common mineral, but is only found in some locations transparent. The main gem form of spodumene is kunzite, the other is the rarer hiddenite.They have found yellow and colorless gem forms of spodumene, but are sometimes not factored as gemstones.Kunzite has a lovely pink color and is being bought for extreme prices.
LiAlSi2O6 - Chemical formula Pink, Purple - Color 6.5 - 7 - Hardness Monoclinic - Crystal system 1.66 - 1.68 - Refractive index 3.1 - 3.2 - SG Transparent - Transparency .015 - Double refraction Vitreous - Luster 1,2 - prismatic - Cleavage Spodumene - Mineral class