Kunzite, Green (Hiddenite)
Pour love into the world and be happy.
Be grateful for all the gifts of abundance.
Live in the moment and be filled with joy.
Gently heal your life and be heart-centered.
Let Hiddenite inspire you to rejoice each day!
Mineralogy of Hiddenite / Green Kunzite
Mineral Family: Single-Chain Inosilicate
Chemical Composition: Lia(Si2O6)
Color: Green; Spudumene can also be Pink, Purple, Gold, White, Yellow, or Grey
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Fracture: Subconchoidal to splintery
Luminescence: Orange (long wave) / Pink (short wave)
Transparency: Transparent to Translucent
Location: Kunzite is the gem-quality version of the mineral Spodumene. Spodumene is relatively wide-spread, but Kunzite crystals are relatively rare. Beautiful Kunzite crystal deposits have been found in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the United States (California, North Carolina, South Dakota). Overwhelmingly, the best quality Hiddenite is found in North Carolina, USA. However, occasional Hiddenite crystals have been found in other locations.
Mineral Family: Kunzite is the gemstone crystals of Spodumene, a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. 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. Other famous minerals in the single-chain group are Astrophyllite, Diopside, Jadite, Nuumite and Rhodonite.
Formation: Kunzite grows in lithium-bearing granite pegmatite dikes.
Mining: 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 North Carolina, there are several small mines whose primary purposes is to extract Hiddenite / Green Kunzite. Similar mines can be found in Southern California for pink/purple Kunzite.
Enhancements: 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, tumbling, and polishing. These Hiddenites were sold as “natural” but based on their color and source location it is likely that they have been irradiated to bring out a bolder green color.
Synonyms: Spudumene, Triphane (Gold Kunzite), Hiddenite (Green Kunzite)
History of Hiddenite / Green 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 found in North Carolina, USA. It was originally thought to be a translucent gemmy Diopside, but was soon correctly identified. The gems were given the name Hiddenite, in honor of William Earl Hidden (1853-1918), the first geologist to study them. Today, this gemstone may be called either Hiddenite or Green Kunzite
Kunzite, the pink/purple 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.
Healing Properties of Hiddenite / Green Kunzite
Spiritual: Hiddenite inspires us to rejoice in our many blessings and in all the way that the Universe has already showered us in abundance and love. It invites us to open our minds and hearts as wide as we can so that we can continue to receive wonderful gifts and so that the flow of positive abundance keeps growing in our life over time. Hiddenite teaches us to live from the heart in a state of gratitude and happiness and to making gratitude practices (such as counting our blessings) a part of our daily life. It also encourages us to be kind and generous to others. Partly because being good to others is a joy in and of itself. Partly also because by being good to others we raise our own energetic frequency and better align ourselves with the Law of Attraction. Hiddenite encourages us to be true to ourselves – meaning our most real self as we are right now as well as our Highest Self, the potential that we contain within us. Hiddenite is attuned to the Heart Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio. It is connected to the element of Water and vibrates to the number 7.
Emotional: Hiddenite vibrates with an incredibly loving energy that helps us to love with our whole heart and soul. It asks us to accept people for who they are and not try to change or manipulate them. Hiddenite helps us to see the real beauty in other people and to find the place where we can best meet and grow. It helps us to resist the lure of power games, control and other ugly relationship habits which kill love and liking. Hiddenite dissolves negative feelings and thoughts and helps us to let go of any regrets we might feel about our own past conduct. Hiddenite asks us to either make peace with the past or make positive changes now. Hiddenite is also very useful to work with when we are mourning an old relationship which didn’t last “forever.” Hiddenite reminds of the many ways our past relationships have helped us to grow and whispers that new relationships are right around the corner. Hiddenite is also very good for reducing anxiety and depression related to being single or fear in social situations. It helps us to greet the world in an open, spontaneous and loving manner. t reminds us that we are amazing humans with a great capacity for love and that we deserve to be happy.
Mental: Hiddenite helps us to stay calm and collected, regardless of our circumstances. It combines our intellect with intuition, and logic with our heart’s “inner knowing.” Hiddenite can help us to accept constructive criticism as a helpful gift, rather than a rejection of who we currently are It also helps us to remove mental blocks and obstacles that seemingly prevent us from moving forward towards our goals and along our path. Hiddenite helps us to think of solutions, rather than dwell on problems. It asks us to always think, “what would Love do?” Hiddenite is also very useful for countering anxiety related to money or our sense of self-worth.
Physical: Hiddenite eases stress and is said to support the parasympathetic nervous system. It is most often used by metaphysical healers to treat the physical heart. It is also believed to help balance the hormones that affect our emotions.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Hiddenite / Green Kunzite
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middleman involved.
This Hiddenite comes from an industrial Silver mine in Jos Plateau, Nigeria.
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This Hiddenite was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
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I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Hiddenite / Green Kunzite Tumbled Stone
Color: Pale Green. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Kunzite
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