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Kunzite

Inosilicate

Spodumene is a pyroxene consisting of lithium, Li 3)2, and is a source of lithium. It occurs as colorless to yellowish, purplish, or lilac kunzite (see below), yellowish-green or emerald-green hiddenite , prismatic crystals, often of great size. Single crystals of 14.3 m (47 ft) in size are reported from the Black Hills , United States

The naturally occurring low-temperature form α-spodumene is in the monoclinic system whereas the high-temperature β-spodumene crystallizes in the tetragonal system. α-spodumene converts to β-spodumene at temperatures above 900 °C. Crystals are typically heavily striated parallel to the principal axis. Crystal faces are often etched and pitted with triangular markings.

Identification

Color of mineral

White
Grey
Pink
Violet
Yellow
Green
Red

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

6.5

The streak

White

Density ( specific gravity )

1.648
1.655
1.662

Luster ( interacts light )

Vitreous
Pearly

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Monoclinic