Unakite is a form of granite that is made up of pink feldspar, green epidote, and clear quartz. It is usually found as a mottled pink and green stone, and can vary in shade from stone to stone. It is important to note that each piece of true unakite must have the pink granite inclusion, otherwise it is considered simply epidosite. Unakite is considered a semiprecious stone, especially when there is a large amount of quartz, and is frequently polished and cut into cabochons, beads, spheres, and even animal carvings.
Unakite is named after the Unaka mountain range in Tennessee where it was discovered in 1874 by Mr. Bradley. It is now mined all over the world- including South Africa, Brazil, and China, though is still prevalently found in America. You can find unakite as stones and pebbles along the shores of Lake Superior in Minnesota.
Metaphysically, this stone brings you healthy relationships. It is a healing crystal: the green gives you a nurturing energy, while the pink gives compassion and love. Even the name Epidote is derived from the Greek word epidosis, meaning “growing together.” Its solid bond helps you to form the same bonds, and build your life with patience and sensitivity. It is a stone of the Heart Chakra, and helps us to regulate our emotions and remain balanced in both our personal and professional lives.
Unakite is a lovely stone for making jewelry. It works well with the energies of other stones and pairs well with both bright colors and neutrals for beautiful beaded pieces. Thank you for reading this article, and we hope you learned a little bit more about this beautiful stone and will consider it for your next jewelry project.