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Unakite Properties Facts and Photos

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Unakite Rock Not a Mineral

Unakite is a metamorphic rock named in 1874 after the Unaka Range of mountains of North Carolina where it was first discovered.

Originally spelt 'unakyte', this colourful stone can be found in several locations close to the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Small pebbles to large boulders are common in many 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 stone is widely used for decorative purposes.  With it being opaque gemstones tend to be cut as cabochons.

Unakite can be found in a few locations in the USA particularly on the shores of Lake Superior.  It can also be found in Africa, Brazil and China.

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 (salmon pink colour), pistachio-green epidote and clear or grey microcrystalline quartz.  For this reason it's classified as a rock not a mineral.

It's a relatively hard stone which grades 6 to 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.

Metaphysical Healing Properties

Unakite can encourage living life in the present instead of dwelling on the past.  It can help with the release of mental or emotional blockages that prevent you from moving forwards.  It can enhance self-esteem and feelings of self-worth.

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.

Stones can introduce a calming and gentle energy into a room and can be helpful for achieving a deeper state during meditation.

When a large stone or collection of smaller stones are placed together in a room they can dissolve electromagnetic pollution from appliances such as televisions, microwaves, routers and mobile 'phones.

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