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Kunzite

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George F. Kunz circa 1903
Name:
Originally described by George F. Kinz in 1903 as a transparent, lilac, spodumene from Pala, California. Named in 1903 by H. Charles Baskerville in honor of George Frederick Kunz [1856-1932], American mineralogist, gemologist, author, editor, and vice-president of Tiffany and Co. of New York, New York, USA.
A variety of Spodumene

A pink gem variety of Spodumene.

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Classification of Kunzite

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Other Names for Kunzite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Kunzit
Spanish:Kunzita

Other Information

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Kunzite

Reference List:
Kunz, George Frederick (August 28, 1903) On a new lilac-colored spodumene San Diego County, California: Am.Jour. Sci., 4th. series: 16: 264-267.
Kunz, George Frederick (1903) (abstract): Science, new series: 18: 280 (1903).
Baskerville, H. Charles (September 4, 1903) Kunzite, a New Gem. Science, new series: 18: 303-304.

Internet Links for Kunzite

Specimens:
The following Kunzite specimens are currently listed for sale on minfind.com.

Localities for Kunzite

map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Afghanistan
 
  • Konar Province (Kunar Province; Konarh Province; Konarha Province; Nuristan)
    • Chapa Dara District
Orris, G.J., and Bliss, J.D. (2002): Mines and Mineral Occurrences of Afghanistan. United States Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-110
[www.johnbetts-fineminerals.com]
    • Alingar District (Alinghar District)
Rob Lavinsky specimen
  • Nuristan Province (Nurestan Province; Nooristan Province; Nuristan)
    • Bargi Matal District
      • Pachigram (Pachighram) pegmatite field
Orris, G.J., and Bliss, J.D. (2002): Mines and Mineral Occurrences of Afghanistan. United States Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-110
Orris, G.J., and Bliss, J.D. (2002): Mines and Mineral Occurrences of Afghanistan. United States Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-110
    • Du Ab District
      • Nilaw-Kolum pegmatite field
Orris, G.J., and Bliss, J.D. (2002): Mines and Mineral Occurrences of Afghanistan. United States Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-110
[www.johnbetts-fineminerals.com]
Orris, G.J., and Bliss, J.D. (2002): Mines and Mineral Occurrences of Afghanistan. United States Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-110
    • Kamdesh District
Van King
Orris, G.J., and Bliss, J.D. (2002): Mines and Mineral Occurrences of Afghanistan. United States Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-110
Orris, G.J., and Bliss, J.D. (2002): Mines and Mineral Occurrences of Afghanistan. United States Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-110
    • Wama District (Vama District)
Orris, G.J., and Bliss, J.D. (2002): Mines and Mineral Occurrences of Afghanistan. United States Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-110
      • Parun (Paroon; Parown) pegmatite field
Orris, G.J., and Bliss, J.D. (2002): Mines and Mineral Occurrences of Afghanistan. United States Geological Survey Open-File Report 02-110
Australia
 
  • Western Australia
    • Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire
      • Greenbushes Tinfield
Steve Sorrell Collection
Brazil
 
  • Minas Gerais
    • Doce valley
      • Água Boa
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
      • Conselheiro Pena
No reference listed
Van King
John H. Betts photo
    • Jequitinhonha Valley
      • Coronel Murta
        • Barra do Salinas
Bastos, F.M. (2002): Famous Mineral Localities: The Barra de Salinas Pegmatites, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Mineralogical Record 33: 209-216
Canada
 
  • Northwest Territories
    • Tungsten
The Canadian Mineralogist Vol. 41, pp. 139-160 (2003)
  • Ontario
    • Kenora District
      • Lilypad Lakes pegmatites
        • Ferguson Lake Area
J.C. Pedersen (2000) Report on 2000 Winter Diamond Drill Program Lilypad Lakes Tantalum - Cesium Property. Assessment File
Ethiopia
 
  • Sidamo-Borana Province
    • Kenticha pegmatite field
Küster, D., Romer, R. L., Tolessa, D., Zerihun, D., Bheemalingeswara, K., Melcher, F., & Oberthür, T. (2009). The Kenticha rare-element pegmatite, Ethiopia: internal differentiation, U–Pb age and Ta mineralization. Mineralium Deposita, 44(7), 723-750.
Finland
 
  • Western and Inner Finland Region
    • Seinäjoki
      • Peräseinäjoki
Lahti, Seppo I. & Saikkonen, R. 1986. Kunzite from the Haapaluoma pegmatite quarry, western Finland. Bulletin of the Geological Society of Finland 58, 2, 47–52.
Madagascar
 
  • Antananarivo Province
    • Vakinankaratra Region
      • Sahatany Pegmatite Field (Mt Ibity area)
        • Sahatany Valley
Rakotoarison, W. (1964): Les pegmatites de la Sahatany. Archive du Service Géologique Madagascar. A.1983, p.1-39
  • Fianarantsoa Province
    • Amoron'i Mania Region
      • Ambatofinandrahana District
        • Mandrosonoro Commune
          • Ambatovita
http://www.geminterest.com/ : "Pezzottaïte: "Béryl", Traduction, Arrangement, Données par JM. Arlabosse, .
Mozambique
 
  • Zambezia Province
    • Alto Ligonha District
Geotrade Bohemia
      • Mutala pegmatite area
Russel G. Rizzo
Dias, M. Bettencourt and Wilson, W. E., 2000, Mineralogical Record, 31:459-497.
Geotrade Bohemia
Namibia
 
  • Erongo Region
    • Swakopmund District
      • Arandis
        • Rössing Mountains Area
Von Bezing, L., Bode, R., and Jahn, S., (2008) Namibia Minerals and Localities. Edition Schloss Freudenstein, Bode Verlag GmbH, Haltern. 335 pp (in English).
Nigeria
 
  • Plateau State
Mineralogical Record (2001) 32:252
Pakistan
 
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (North-West Frontier Province)
    • Chitral District (Chitral valley)
http://www.paksearch.com/page/2000/is50/GEMS.htm
Sri Lanka
 
  • Sabaragamuwa Province
    • Ratnapura District
      • Ratnapura
Ceylon Aluvial Mine, (Book, Co. 2002)
USA
 
  • California
    • Riverside Co.
      • Cahuilla District
        • Cahuilla
          • Cahuilla Mountain (Coahuila Mtn)
Kunz, G. F. 1905. Gems, jeweler's materials, and ornamental stones of California. California State Mining Bureau bulletin 37: p. 121-22.; Jesse Fisher (2011) Mines and Minerals of the Southern California Pegmatite Province. Rocks & Minerals 86:14-34.
Geffner, P. and Fisher, J. (1997) Recent Work at the Lithia Dyke Claim, Cahuilla Mountain, Riverside County, California. Rocks & Minerals, 72 (3): pp. 156-161.
    • San Diego Co.
      • Bonsall
Kunz, G. F. (1905), Gems, jeweler's materials, and ornamental stones of California. California State Mining Bureau bulletin 37, page 62.
Kunz, G. F. (1905), Gems, jeweler's materials, and ornamental stones of California. California State Mining Bureau bulletin 37, page 62; Merrill, F. J. H. (1914), Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego and Imperial Counties: Gems, Lithia Minerals. California State Mining Bureau, San Francisco, Cal. California State Printing Office, December. Chapter 1, page 702; Murdoch, Joseph & Webb, Robert W. (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 347.
Kunz, G. F. (1905), Gems, jeweler's materials, and ornamental stones of California. California State Mining Bureau bulletin 37, page 62; Merrill, F. J. H. (1914), Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego and Imperial Counties: Gems, Lithia Minerals. California State Mining Bureau, San Francisco, Cal. California State Printing Office, December. Chapter 1, page 702; Murdoch, Joseph & Webb, Robert W. (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 347.
      • Jacumba District
        • Jacumba
          • Tule Mountain (Mount Tule; Tulley Mountain)
Todd, V. R. et al. 1987. Mineral Resources of the Sawtooth Mountains and Carrizo Gorge/ Eastern McCain Valley Wilderness Study Areas, San Diego County, California. U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1711-B, 26 p., maps.; Jesse Fisher (2011) Mines and Minerals of the Southern California Pegmatite Province. Rocks & Minerals 86:14-34.
Journal of Pegmatology v. 1, no. 1. (2002)
Kunz, George Frederick (1903a), On a new lilac-colored spodumene San Diego County, California: American Journal of Science, 4th. series: 16: 280; Murdoch, Joseph & Robert W. Webb (1966), Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966): California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 347.
      • Pala District
        • Pala
          • Chief Mountain
Merrill, F. J. H. (1914), Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego and Imperial Counties: Gems, Lithia Minerals. California State Mining Bureau, San Francisco, Cal. California State Printing Office. Chapter 1, p. 69.
Jesse Fisher (2011) Mines and Minerals of the Southern California Pegmatite Province. Rocks & Minerals 86:14-34.
Mauthner, M. H. F. (2011), Recent Finds at the Oceanview Mine, Pala District, San Diego County, California. Rocks & Minerals 86(1): 41-47.
personally collected
personal collections (Reed, Mauthner)
Kunz, G. F. 1905. Gems, jeweler's materials, and ornamental stones of California. California State Mining Bureau bulletin 37: p. 81-93; 126-127.; Jesse Fisher (2011) Mines and Minerals of the Southern California Pegmatite Province. Rocks & Minerals 86:14-34.
Hapeman, Jeffrey R. (2011)
          • Hiriart Mountain (Hariat Mtn; Harriot Mtn; Heriart Mtn; Heriot Mtn; Hiriat Hill)
Cook, R. B. (1997). Connoisseur's Choice: Spodumene var. Kunzite, Nuristan, Afghanistan. Rocks & Minerals, 72(5), 340-343.
Christopher N. Wentzell
Rocks & Min.: 23:517.; Jesse Fisher (2011) Mines and Minerals of the Southern California Pegmatite Province. Rocks & Minerals 86:14-34.
Weber, F. H. 1963. Geology and mineral resources of San Diego County, California. California Division of Mines and Geology, County Report 3: p. 111.
Kunz, G. F. 1905. Gems, jeweler's materials, and ornamental stones of California. California State Mining Bureau bulletin 37: pages 86, 129-132.
Kunz, G. F. 1905. Gems, jeweler's materials, and ornamental stones of California. California State Mining Bureau bulletin 37: p. 86.
          • Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala Mtn; Queen Mtn)
Merrill, F. J. H. 1914. Geology and Mineral Resources of San Diego and Imperial Counties: Gems, Lithia Minerals. California State Mining Bureau, San Francisco, Cal. California State Printing Office, December. Chapter 1, pages 61-110.
Sheppard, J. B. (2008), History of the surface prospects and underground mining developments made along the northern portion of the Stewart pegmatite; personal communication with Scott L. Ritchie, San Diego Mining Company (SDMC). June/July.
Tucker, W. B., Reed, C. H. (1939), Los Angeles Field District - Mineral Resources of San Diego County. California Journal of Mines and Geology, quarterly chapter of State Mineralogist's Report 35; January: p. 37-40, Illus., maps.
      • Rincon District
        • Rincon
          • Rincon Mountain
Rogers, A. F. 1910. Minerals From The Pegmatite Veins Of Rincon, San Diego Co., California. Columbia University School Of Mines Quarterly Journal Of Applied Science, Vol. 31 pp. 208-218.
      • Warner Springs District
        • Warner Springs
Larson, W. F. (2011), Personal collection of William F. Larson. On display at the Collector in Fallbrook, California.
  • Connecticut
    • Fairfield Co.
      • Redding (Reading)
        • Branchville
Brush and Dana (1880); Rocks & Minerals. Vol. 70. No. 6; Rocks & Minerals (1995) 70:396-409
    • Middlesex Co.
      • Portland
        • Collins Hill
          • Strickland pegmatite (Strickland-Cramer Quarry; Strickland-Cramer Mine; Strickland-Cramer Feldspar-Mica Quarries)
Jarnot, Bruce. (1995): Connecticut Gems and Gem Minerals. Rocks & Minerals: 70(6): 378-382.
Rocks & Min.: 70:382
  • Maine
    • Androscoggin Co.
Anderson, 1991. Maine Mineral Localities, 2nd ed.
        • East Mount Apatite District
    • Oxford Co.
      • Newry
King, V. T., 2006, Minerals of Halls Ridge and Plumbago-Puzzle Mountain, Newry, ... Maine, Mineral News, v. 22(6): p. 1-3.
      • Norway
No reference listed
    • Sagadahoc Co.
Anderson, 1991. Maine Mineral Localities, 2nd ed.
  • New Hampshire
    • Cheshire Co.
      • Alstead
Meyers & Stewart (1956). The Geology of NH: Part III Minerals and Mines. p.48
  • North Carolina
    • Mitchell Co.
Mineral Collecting Sites in North Carolina- W.F. Wilson and B.J. McKenzie-1980
  • South Dakota
    • Custer Co.
      • Custer District
        • Custer
R&M 75:3 pp 156-169
        • Fourmile
Seaman, 1976. Pegmatite Minerals of the World
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