This large all-natural and untreated kunzite is a beautiful light lilac purple-pink color. While much of the kunzite sold on the market has been irradiated and/or heated, this gem is completely natural. It comes from the mine I worked in for a period of time in 2012-2013–the Oceanview Mine on Chief Mountain, in Pala, California. This is near the locale where kunzite was first discovered in 1902, and the nearby Pala Chief Mine was the source of much of the first finds of gem kunzite. The Oceanview Mine has been in operation since roughly 2002, and between late 2009 and 2011 there were several pockets of beautiful gem kunzites discovered. The rarest were a deep amethyst purple, while others were this more typical lilac-pink hue. All kunzite will gradually fade with prolonged exposure to UV light, such as in strong sunlight, but the California kunzite has been shown to be fairly resistant to this fading. Kept out of strong sunlight it will keep its color indefinitely.
This particular gem was faceted by a master Brazilian cutter who specializes in kunzite. He cut it on the a-b axis of the crystal, which makes the the two long ends of the gem a darker purple, and the middle more a lilac pink color axis of the crystal. There is a tiny natural three-phase inclusion visible in the macro image, but not visible in person without a loupe. It is faceted in a classic emerald/step cut; it weighs 17.44 carats and measures 16.7 x 12.6 x 9.6 mm.