A pale pinkish-violet gem native to Afghanistan, Brazil, Madagascar and right here in California, Kunzite is pleochroic: its best color vantage point comes from looking down the length of the crystal. For this reason, Kunzite is often cut in a particular way to emphasize its ultra-feminine hue. Technically a variety of the mineral spodumene, it is sometimes color-enhanced by exposure to irradiation. At the same time, Kunzite is prone to fading when exposed to prolonged light, so it’s best kept in a dark jewelry box when not being worn. While not yet well known to consumers, Kunzite is a darling of the collector world.