Tips for Cutting Kunzite

cutting kunzite - cushion cut
Kunzite is the pink to violet variety of spodumene. These gems are strongly pleochroic and have perfect cleavage in two directions. Cutting kunzite is a difficult but worthwhile endeavor. “Picasso Kunzite and Pearl Necklace,” 396.3-carat cushion-cut stone with 30 South Sea pearls, from the collection of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, credit: Laurie Minor-Penland, by Public.Resource.Org is licensed under CC By 2.0.

Cutting kunzite and other minerals with easy cleavage is a major challenge. Many gem cutters shy away from these materials because they lack the knowledge or proper techniques. Here are a few tips to make working with these gemstones easier.

Proper Orientation For Cutting Kunzite

The most important part of cutting any delicate gem is proper orientation. Kunzite has cleavage planes that run up and down the C axis. For the best color, you’ll need to place the table on …

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