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Unakite Meaning and Properties

The meaning of 'unakite' comes from the Unaka Range of Mountains of North Carolina where it was discovered in 1874.  Originally spelt 'unakyte', this colourful metamorphic rock can be found in several locations close to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Small pebbles to large boulders are common in many of the state parks.  Although mostly found at higher elevations, unakite can also be found in river valleys after having been carried down from the mountains.

The finest grade unakite is widely used for decorative purposes.  With it being opaque, gemstones are cut into cabochons.

Unakite can be found in a few locations in the USA particularly on the shores of Lake Superior.  The stone can also be found in South Africa, Brazil and China.  It occurs where granite has been altered by heat and pressure.

Some references online claim unakite is the state stone for Virginia.  We have not been able to find any factual evidence from an official body to support this.

Unakite is a type of granite composed of orthoclase feldspar (pink colour), pistachio-green epidote and clear or grey microcrystalline quartz.  For this reason it's classified as a rock not a mineral.

For a stone to be classified as unakite it must contain orthoclase feldspar and epidote.  Some material is made up purely of green epidote.

Unakite is a relatively hard stone which grades 6 to 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.

Healing Properties of Unakite

When used for its healing properties unakite can encourage living life in the present instead of dwelling on the past.  It connects with nature and helps you appreciate the natural beauty of things around you that may otherwise be taken for granted. 

Unakite can help with the release of mental or emotional blockages that prevent you from moving forwards.  It enhances self-esteem and feelings of self-worth.

Individually green and pink crystals stimulate the heart chakra.  With both colours being present in unakite the healing energy they bring is magnified.  

Unakite is a stone of vision that balances emotions and promotes psychic awareness.  It instills confidence which encourages you to be more forthright about your needs and desires.

A small collection of stones can bring a calming and gentle energy into a room.  Meditating with a single unakite stone can help with focus and deepeng the overall experience.

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