- a transparent lilac-colored variety of spodumene, used as a gem.
Origin of kunzite
1900–05, Americanism; named after G. F. Kunz (1856–1932), American expert in precious stones; see -ite1
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Examples from the Web for kunzite
Purple spodumene (kunzite) is pinkish to lilac in shade—usually pale, unless in large masses, and it shows very marked dichroism.
Spodumene, of which Kunzite is a variety, cleaves almost too easily to be durable.
It is now on the market as kunzite, and a cut stone of one karat in weight sells for fifty dollars and more.The Heritage of the Hills
Arthur P. Hankins
Kunzite becomes strongly phosphorescent under the Rntgen rays, or by the action of radium or on exposure to ultra-violet rays.
- a pink-coloured transparent variety of the mineral spodumene: a gemstone
C20: named after George F. Kunz (1856–1932), US gem expert
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