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kunzite Syllabification: kunz·ite
Pronunciation: /ˈko͝ontsīt/

Definition of kunzite in English:


A lilac-colored gem variety of spodumene that fluoresces or changes color when irradiated.
Example sentences
  • I visited Paolo Nercessian and obtained a photograph of him holding up an enormous etched gem crystal of kunzite, the spodumene variety that was then being found in quantity for the first time.
  • They are often associated with large crystals of kunzite, the lilac-colored variety of spodumene.
  • It discovered that the colors of several gem minerals - including pearl, sapphire, quartz, kunzite, and topaz - can be changed by the USPS irradiation method.


Early 20th century: from the name of George F. Kunz (1856–1932), American gemologist, + -ite1.

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