Due to its stunning blend of ‘moss’ green, unusual pink and earthy orange, Unakite boasts a unique and striking mixture of colour, pattern and ‘mottled’ appearance. Its unusual colour scheme, unique appearance and solid structure all combine to make it a good stone for distinctive jewellery.
As with all gems and minerals, there are numerous beliefs regarding the spiritual and healing qualities of Unakite. Most of all it is believed to bring unity and balance to all areas of the owner’s life. It is also thought to help release elements in one’s life that inhibit and stunt emotional growth. Some also believe that it stimulates self-awareness, and allows the owner to be aware of causes and symptoms of illness, which goes deeper than just the physical.
At this point we must stress that healing properties are mainly mythical; although Crystal Healers suggest using the gemstone to ensure a safe pregnancy and birth, we would recommend seeing a consultant!
Unakite is also called ‘Epidotized Granite’ or ‘Grandodiorite’; and is usually made up by a combination of three minerals: Pink Feldspar, Green Epidote and Quartz. But not all Unakite contain Quartz; specimens that don’t are called ‘Episodite’.
Although the first find was in America, sources tell us that rare examples have also been found in Brazil, China, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Switzerland.