Definition of kunzite in English:


Pronunciation /ˈko͝ontsīt/ /ˈkʊntsaɪt/

See synonyms for kunzite


  • A lilac-colored gem variety of spodumene which fluoresces or changes color when irradiated.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The mine also had the reputation of being a producer of fine crystals of morganite and kunzite.’
    • ‘Some of the gems, such as brazilianite (brasilianite in this book) and kunzite could have been given better coverage, but what is included is worthwhile.’


Early 20th century from the name of George F. Kunz (1856–1932), American gemmologist, + -ite.