A relatively new gemstone discovered in 1902, Kunzite displays delicate shades of pastel greens, yellows, pinks and lilacs. Derived from Spodumene, the crystal faces are often etched or pitted with a triangular marking when found in nature.
Kunzite is calming stone whose pastel colours signify purity and new life, it is often given to women during pregnancy. Staring into a Kunzite for a few moments each day is thought to promote inner peace and tranquillity, as well as relieving daily stress and soothing knotted muscles and general aches and pains.
One notable example of kunzite used in jewellery is in the Russian Palmette tiara and necklace worn by the Duchess of Gloucester.