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Kunzite

Congratulations, you've discovered a Kunzite Gemstone!! Kunzite is still unknown to many gemstone buyers. But the gemstone world began to pay attention to Kunzite when they learned of a 47 carat Kunzite ring that the American President John F. Kennedy had purchased for his wife, Jacqueline. He never had the chance to give her the ring before his tragic death in 1963. The kunzite ring sold for more than $410,000 at a Sotheby's auction of the Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1996. Kunzite is the pale pink-violet to light violet species of the mineral spodumene. It is a good hard stone (6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs Scale) with a vitreous luster and good transparency, so it suitable for all kinds of jewelry. It is typically a very light pink or lilac, though we occasionally see some more saturated pinks. We've also found some interesting pieces in an unusual golden pink. Though most of the Kunzite in today's market comes from Pakistan and Afghanistan, the gemstone was first discovered in the USA. It was named as a tribute to George F. Kunz, the legendary American mineralogist and buyer for Tiffany & Co, who first described the gem in 1902. Interestingly, the green form of spodumene was also first discovered in the USA, and was named after another American, W.E. Hidden.
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