kunz·​ite ˈku̇n(t)-ˌsīt How to pronounce kunzite (audio)
: a pinkish-lilac variety of spodumene used as a gem

Examples of kunzite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since antiquity, the mines have been a supplemental source of income for farming families, who extract precious stones such as quartz, tourmaline and kunzite, a glassy, purplish crystal, and sell them to the bazaars of Central and South Asia. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 24 May 2023 Another is perched on a kunzite, one on a citrine, one on an aquamarine, and another on what might be morganite. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 5 June 2023 Soft stones like opal, kunzites, pearls, tourmalines, and emeralds cannot withstand this type of cleaning process. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 25 Mar. 2020 The house’s 100th-anniversary collection highlights signature elements like its intricate goldwork, seen on this Budelli cocktail ring in 18-karat white and yellow gold, metalwork that nicely frames a sizeable kunzite. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 July 2019 We have been asked for mostly over the-top jewels with happy colors—citrine, kunzite, big cab emeralds. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 6 May 2019 And those kunzites, evening stones by myth, but shining brightly under the light today. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 14 Mar. 2019 See More

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Word History


G. F. Kunz †1932 American gem expert

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kunzite was in 1903

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“Kunzite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kunzite. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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