Spodumene is not one of the retail jeweler's most talked-about gem materials, but its pink variety, kunzite, is certainly a recognized name. Although it's found in remote mining areas in places such as Afghanistan and Brazil, kunzite actually was discovered right here in the United States. History and romance. The name of George F. Kunz shows up in most of the late 19th-century and early 20th-century gemological literature. As Tiffany & Co.'s gemologist and later its vice president, Kunz was not only intimately involved with gemological purchases for the company but also the author of some of the most important gem books of the time. At the age of 23, he supervised the cutting of the Tiffany diamond, a 128.51-ct. modified square antique double brilliant—the world's largest faceted fancy yellow diamond. As a mineralogist, Kunz worked with wealthy financier and avid mineral colle

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