Kunzite is pure in energy and joyful in nature. From palest pink, to light violet hues, it is a stone of emotion, connecting heart and mind, stimulating a healing communion between the two. Kunzite encourages one to release walls built around the heart. Named for the mineralogist and jeweler George Frederick Kunz who first catalogued it in 1902. It is a variety of the silicate, Spodumene, obtaining its color from minor to trace amounts of manganese. For designing purposes, it is important to note that all varieties of Kunzite fade in direct sunlight, so it is not a good choice for sun catchers or window ornaments.