Unakite Stone | Facts and Photos

 

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An Introduction to Unakite?


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 it can also be found in river valleys having been carried down from the mountains.  The finest grade stone is widely used for lapidary purposes and with it 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 it's the state stone for Virginia but there is nothing factual to support this and there is no official classification.

A type of granite that's composed of the rock forming minerals orthoclase, epidote and clear or grey coloured quartz, unakite is well known for its distinctive blend of colour.  The pink is the orthoclase which is a feldspar mineral, the pistachio green is epidote and veins and other patches are mostly microcrystalline quartz.  Similar looking rocks in which no quartz is present are sometimes described as being unakite when in fact from a geological perspective they're not actually the same stone. 

Unakite is a relatively hard material which grades 6 to 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.  It can sometimes be problematic to cut because of a slight difference in hardness between the two primary minerals present.

 

 

Unakite Properties and Meaning


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.  It instills confidence which encourages you to be more forthright about your needs and desires and is said to stimulate a healthy pregnancy whilst facilitating the health of the unborn child.

 

 

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