Spodumene is a pyroxene mineral consisting of lithium aluminium inosilicate, LiAl(SiO3)2, and is a source of lithium. It occurs as colorless to yellowish, purplish, or lilac kunzite (see below), yellowish-green or emerald-green hiddenite, prismatic crystals, often of great size.
Spodumene is a fairly prevalent mineral, however, its two distinctly colored transparent varieties, Kunzite (pink) and Hiddenite(green) are very aesthetic and valued as gemstones. Hiddenite is much rarer than Kunzite, and can is highly valued, especially the deeper green color forms. Strictly speaking, Hiddenite comes from only one locality in the world - Hiddenite, North Carolina. However, as newer deposits of green Spodumene have been discovered in Afghanistan and Brazil, this term has been applied to all forms of transparent green Spodumene worldwide.
Kunzite is known for its lovely pink color that is very distinct. However, its color may slightly fade upon prolonged exposure to sunlight. Heat treatment is sometimes applied to Spodumene, by transforming transparent brownish and greenish-brown stones into light green or pink colors. Lightly colored pink stones are also heat treated to intensify their pink color.
Kunzite is a pink variety of Spodumene, a stone that is high in lithium, making it a natural mood stabiliser. Kunzite has a pure, sweet and loving vibration, gently nurturing, and connecting with the heart chakra to assist healing. Kunzite can be helpful in assisting the healing of addictions.
Metaphysical Properties of Kunzite: Emotional balancing, mood stabilising, self-love and nurturing, gentleness, healing addiction, connect heart and mind, emotional healing, support, receive more love, unconditional love