Published February 2015  •  Updated July 2022  •  Read Time: 6 minutes
Kunzite is the gemological name for the mineral Spodumene.  Most Spodumene are a dull grey, in fact the name means “ash grey.”  But on rare occasions this grey mineral transforms like a phoenix into brilliant and brightly-colored crystals.  If the crystals are pink, purple or golden, they are called Kunzite.  If they are green, they are called Hiddenite.  Each color sing of love and joy.  Its energy tells us that we are loved and we are more than just acceptable, we are truly worthy of great pride.  Kunzite is most often sold in the metaphysical market, but the finest crystals are reserved for top jewelry stores, in particular Tiffany & Co.


Kunzite Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Kunzite joyful sings that we are loved and that we are meant to be happy and whole. It helps us to recognize that the Divine is everywhere; within us and within each soul we meet. It sweetly reminds us that we are connected to every part of creation, from the farthest away star to the smallest insect buzzing in our garden, and that we are an integral part of the Great Song. Kunzite helps us to live with both confidence and humility in perfect balance. It celebrates with us whenever we dare to be true to ourselves. Kunzite encourages us to be kind and generous, and to live from the heart. It deepens meditation, raises our energetic frequency and protects us from unwanted energies and influences.

Metaphysical Properties Kunzite
Chakra Heart and Crown
Element Water
Numerology 7
Zodiac Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio

Emotional Healing Properties

Kunzite vibrates with an incredibly peaceful and loving energy. It dissolves negative feelings and removes any resistance we might feel towards activities that are for our own emotional healing and growth. Kunzite invites us to love ourselves better and to actively show this self-love in our actions and words. Kunzite teaches us that love is not just a feeling or an emotion, but rather a way of life and an ongoing practice. Kunzite attracts our soul mates and other key partnerships, and is a soothing friend when we need to heal heartache from past relationships. Kunzite motivates us to be more tolerant of others, while also having healthy boundaries. It encourages us to continually strive to be a better friend, family member, and all-around better human being. It vibrates with the essence of pure love and is a joyful cheerleader as we become our Highest Self in our everyday life and interactions.

Mental Healing Properties

Kunzite helps us to stay calm and collected, regardless of our circumstances. It unites our intellect with out intuition, and our sense of logic with our heart’s “inner knowing.” Together, this allows us to see very clearly and honestly, while gazing at the world with love. This love-filled vision is not the optimistic rose-tinted glasses that allows us to ignore uncomfortable truths. But rather an exceptionally compassionate point of view, which helps us to see the humanity and potential for goodness. Such a sight, always reminds us that we ourselves can bring love and light into the situation. Kunzite teaches us that constructive criticism is a helpful gift meant to help us grow and improve, rather than a rejection of who we currently are It helps us to remove mental blocks and obstacles that seemingly prevent us from moving forward towards our goals and along our path. Kunzite helps us to focus on solutions, rather than dwelling on problems. It asks us to always think, “what would Love do?”

Physical Healing Properties

Kunzite is recommended for anyone who suffers from panic attacks, and all the physical reactions that accompany them. Kunzite’s warm and loving energy feels like a hug and can help us to calm down our stress response, both emotionally and physically. During the attack and directly after, Kunzite simply sooths and supports. But once we have settled down, it gives us both the self-compassion and strength we need to actively reduce the stress and the stress triggers in our life, so that the attacks do not continue. Kunzite is a wonderful talisman for the heart and the parasympathetic nervous system.

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Kunzite Mineralogy

Where does Kunzite come from?

Kunzite is the pink/purple gem-quality version of the mineral Spodumene.  Spodumene is relatively wide-spread, but Kunzite crystals are relatively rare and found mainly in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, DR Congo, Madagascar, Nigeria, Pakistan and the United States (California).  Hiddenite, the green variety, is found mainly in North Carolina, USA.

Mining and Treatments

Spodumene is usually a grey or colorless, dull, opaque mineral and widely mined as a major source of lithium. Occasionally a Spodumene crystals, or Kunzite, is found and sold to collectors. In Southern California there are mines whose primary purpose is to extract Kunzite.  But many of the crystals on the market are from various parts of Africa or Afghanistan.

Kunzites may be irradiated to bring out a brighter, more intense color.  This is usually done for green or bright yellow Kunzites.  Pink/purple or pale Golden Kunzites may be considered fully natural and enhanced only by cutting and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Kunzite is the gemstone crystals of Spodumene, a single-chain inosilicate mineral.  Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. One way the tetrahedra can connect is in long single chains, and it is to this group that Kunzite belongs.

Kunzite’s energy works well with its family – other single-chain inosilicate minerals.  Try it in combination with Cat’s Eye Quartz, Charoite, Diopside, Hawk’s Eye, Jadite, Larimar, Rhodonite, and Shattuckite.  Try it also with the green variety Hiddenite.

Kunzite Formation and Crystal Associates

Kunzite grows in lithium-bearing granite pegmatite.  Pegmatite is an ingenious rock with a very course texture.  Many of the world’s largest crystals are found within pegmatite, including a Spodumene crystal found in South Dakota, USA that was 47 feet (14.3 meters) long and weighing over 100 tons!

Kunzite’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Amazonite, Lepidolite, Morganite, and Tourmaline

Mineralogy Kunzite
Chemical Formula Lia(Si2O6)
Cleavage Perfect
Color Pink, Purple, Gold, White, Yellow, Gray, Green
Crystal System Monoclinic
Form/Habit Prismatic
Fracture Subconchoidal to splintery
Hardness – Mohs Scale  6.5-7
Luminescence Orange (long wave) / Pink (short wave)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Silicate (Single-Chain Inosilicate)
Specific Gravity 3.0-3.2
Streak White
Transparency Transparent to Translucent

History of Kunzite

Kunzite is the gemstone variety of the mineral Spodumene. It is a relatively “new” stone to the metaphysical community and so is not included in any old lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their power. Spodumene was first described in 1800 by the Brazilian naturalist, Jose Bonifacio de Andrada e Silva (1763-1838). The original mineral was opaque and grey, and came from a deposit in Sweden. It came to Andrada e Silva’s attention while he was working as professor of geology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He named it Spodumene, from the Greek spodumenos, or “burnt to ashes,” on account of that particular mineral’s ash-grey color.  In 1879, Hiddenite, the green variety of Spodumene was collected in North Carolina, USA. It was originally thought to be a translucent gemmy Diopside, but was soon correctly identified as Spodumene. The gems were given the name Hiddenite, in honor of William Earl Hidden (1853-1918), a geologist who was exploring the North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains during this time.

Kunzite, the pink, purple, clear, and golden gem varieties were first discovered in 1902 in the Pala Mountains of San Diego, California, USA. The gemstone was named Kunzite after George Frederick Kunz (1856-1932), the chief jeweler of Tiffany and Company, and author of the book, The Gems and Precious Stones of North America. To this day, many of the finest Kunzites are owned by Tiffany and Co., who cut and mount the gemstones in fine jewelry. The best of these stones are equal in price to that of Diamonds, Emeralds, or Rubies.

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