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Kunzite Spodumene var. Kunzite Lustrous Green Crystals – Gandhara Gems
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Spodumene var. Kunzite green crystals from Lwar mine, kunar, Afghanistan with amazing luster and double terminated
Kunzite Spodumene var. Kunzite Lustrous Crystals from Kunaar, Afghanistan
Weight: 575 grams
Quantity: 12 pieces
Locality: Lwaar mine, Kunaar, Afghanistan
The Gemstone Kunzite. It is the pink to light purple gem variety of the mineral Spodumene. It is a common mineral, but only in several localities does it occur in transparent gem form. The main gem form of Spodumene is Kunzite, the other is the rarer Hiddenite.
It is trichroic, which means that three colors can be viewed from differing angles: pink, clear and violet. Sometimes the color change is limited to shade changes, such as from pale pink to dark pink. However, when speaking of color changing gemstones, the ability to change color depends on the type of light.
The way the this crystal is formed makes it easy to break, so cutting it can be tough. What gives its color? The small amounts of manganese, a chemical element. its crystals are usually long and have an uneven top.
It is the pink-to-violet variety of the mineral spodumene, and gets its color from manganese. It’s most often found in shades of pale pink, but more vivid colors are possible and it can achieve rare hues of vivid violet to purple.
It is Ultraviolet light that will cause it to lighten. … it is a very attractive pink gem, but is notorious for its habit of color fading in prolonged exposure to strong light. Although the color-fading effect is very slow, most people still prefer to wear its jewelery in the evening to avoid sunlight exposure.
For decades, commercial lithium production relied on mineral ore sources such as spodumene, petalite and lepidolite. However, extracting lithium from these sources is significantly more costly than extracting the metal from lithium-containing brines. … Lithium is traditionally processed from brine, spodumene and clay.
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