Definition of kunzite in English:


Line breaks: kun|zite
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌntsʌɪt
, ˈkʌnzʌɪt/


[mass noun]
A lilac-coloured gem variety of spodumene which fluoresces or changes colour when irradiated.
More 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 gemmologist, + -ite1.

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