Discovered in 1902, kunzite is a recent fine stone in the jewelry world. A member of the spodumene family, it ranges from violet pink to light purple. It owes its fabulous shades to the manganese in its composition. Its brilliance and color make kunzite an ideal alternative to amethyst and pink sapphire. Contemporary designers gladly incorporate it into their jewelry.
Sourced from deposits in Brazil, Madagascar, Afghanistan, and California, kunzite displays a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale.