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Kunzite- the stone of loving kindness

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

Brief history & overview

Kunzite was first discovered in the early 1900s in San Diego, California, USA. It was named after gemstone specialist George Frederick Kunz (1856 – 1932). Today, the light violet hued gemstone are commonly found in the USA, Madagascar, Brazil and Afghanistan.

Kunzite is a relatively hard stone between 6.5 - 7 on the Mohs scale. This stone is known to have perfect cleavage to gem cutters. This means that when cut, a very smooth plane is left from where the crystal breaks off. Stones and minerals with good cleavage may have lesser residual rough surfaces. The highest quality kunzites are usually made into faceted gemstones so that their clarity and colour can be admired.

Kunzite exhibits a lovely lilac purple. In its raw form, Kunzite can range from being opaque and slightly translucent to being very transparent. The most transparent cuts are reserved for faceted gemstones to be bezeled into high-end fine jewellery.

healing benefits

Being deeply connected to the heart chakra, Kunzite is a stone that encourages one to open up the heart and mind and facilitates communication between the two. At times, there may be situations where one may find themselves struggling between listening to their heart or their head. Wearing kunzite brings about a sense of calm and eases anxiety allowing the wearer to tune into their true feelings.

Kunzite is believed to allow one to experience greater social and loving connections. Through this, kunzite also is thought to have the ability to instill greater empathy within us so that we can learn from each other better and have a greater understanding of individual differences. As such, a higher level of communication can be achieved and allows conversations to flow smoothly.

Kunzite in feng shui

In Feng Shui, Kunzite can be used in Kan, North (Personal growth) for bringing loving kindness in personal growth or in Gen, Northeast direction for removing obstacles one may face. It may also be placed in Kun, Southwest (Relationships) to encourage stronger empathy and understanding between yourself and others around you.

Wear kunzite jewellery when meeting new people, when greater empathy and communication is needed, or simply to invite loving kindness within.


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