8.06-Carat California Kunzite


A beautiful all-natural and untreated California kunzite in my custom “Testudo” brilliant oval design, 8.06 carats.

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This 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.

I faceted this particular Kunzite in a modified version of my “Testudo” brilliant oval design that I optimized specifically for Kunzite. There is a tiny natural three-phase inclusion visible in the macro image, but not visible in person without a loupe.  The gem weighs 8.06 carats and measures 13.9 x 10.5 x 8.6 mm.

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