The stone was said to be spodumene, of a very high class, and had a a lilac tint theretofore unknown.
In 1881 J. Lawrence Smith proved it to be spodumene, and named it.
spodumene, of which Kunzite is a variety, cleaves almost too easily to be durable.
spodumene gems always are found in pockets in the rock, and they are always hidden in wet clay in these pockets.
After quartz come corundum (Oriental amethyst), spinel (almandine spinel), garnet (almandine), and spodumene (variety kunzite).