Belonging to the spodumene family, kunzite is an aluminum-lithium inosilicate colored by manganese.
Because of the arrangement of its atoms, kunzite is very sensitive to heat and light, therefore, its color is unstable when the gem is repeatedly exposed to the sun.
It was discovered in 1902 by George Frederick Kunz, from whom it takes its name, in California.
From an almost colorless pale pink to a vivid lilac, kunzite is surprising and unusual in the world of gems. It is the stone of choice for Tiffany & Co.