Unakite | Classified as a 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. A colourful stone that was originally spelt unakyte, it can be found in several locations close to the Blue Ridge Mountains and small pebbles to large boulders are common in state parks. Although mostly found at higher elevations unakite can also be found in river valleys having been carried down from the mountains.
The finest grade of unakite is widely used for decorative purposes and with the stone being an opaque, gemstones tend to be cut as cabochons.
As well as being found in a few other locations in the USA particularly on the shores of Lake Superior, unakite can also be found in Africa, Brazil and China.
Some references online claim that unakite is the state stone for Virginia but we're unable to find anything factual or from any official body which supports that.
Unakite is a type of granite composed of the rock forming minerals orthoclase (the salmon pink colour), pistachio-green epidote and clear or grey coloured microcrystalline quartz. For that reason it's classified as a rock not a mineral.
Unakite is a relatively hard material which grades 6 to 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
Healing Properties of Unakite
When used in crystal healing unakite is said to help one live 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 and can enhance self-esteem and feelings of self-worth. A stone of vision it balances emotions and promotes psychic awareness.
Unakite instills confidence which encourages you to be more forthright about your needs and desires. It introduces calming and gentle energy into a room and can be helpful for achieving a deeper state during meditation.
When a single large stone or a collection of smaller stones are placed together in a room they can dissolve electromagnetic pollution from appliances including televisions, microwaves, WIFI and mobile 'phones.