This pair of Kunzite earrings are a lovely pastel pink with a lilac hue. They are hand cut and polished in a drop shape. The stones are fairly equal in color. They are wrapped in Sterling silver with a contemporary sterling silver Shepards hook. The stones are internally included but not damaged. The drops date from the 1960's/70's. I have fitted them with contemporary sterling hooks.
Top to bottom: 2 1/4 Inches
Drops alone: roughly 30mm x 9.3mm
Weight: 7.7 grams
"George Frederick Kunz (1856-1932) was a pioneer gemologist and longtime buyer for Tiffany and Company. He was also a world recognized expert on and avid promoter of American gemstones. In 1902, he identified a new gem-quality variety of the mineral spodumene in San Diego County, California. The new gem was named kunzite in his honor. This transparent stone’s light and delicate—but often bright—“rose” pink to bluish purple “lilac” color has endeared it to gem lovers and connois- seurs, especially in the US and Japan. The most valued kunzite colors are the more intense pinks and bluish purples, but the lighter pinks are the most common. The supply of fine-quality kunzite is limited, but various faceted fancy shapes are usually available in sizes as large as 50 cts. The gem has poor toughness due to cleavage, and its attractive color can fade with exposure to bright light. Because of these factors, kunzite is a gem that requires special care, but many consider the extra care worthwhile because of its beauty."
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