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Kunzite, typically found in a pastel pink to lavender color is the gem variety of the mineral spodumene.

White usually light in hue, the more valued gemstones cab be bright and quite intense. Kunzite colors range from light pink to saturated pink; lilac to lavender, and from light violet to pink-violet. Its color is owed to traces of manganese.

Kunzite is strongly pleochroic, resulting in different color intensities (usually pink, clear and violet) depending on the angle it is viewed from. The tops and bottoms of crystals will show the deepest color.

Kunzite occurs with excellent transparency. Though most stones are very clean, some stones can show frequently aligned inclusions such as tubes or fractures. Eye clean stones are considered to be the most desirable, but they do not necessarily demand higher premiums as with other gem types. Kunzite exhibits a vitreous luster when polished.