How lucky we are to have the opportunity to own such a unique and beautiful gemstone. I first saw kunzite in 1996, and was immediately impressed by the beautiful and unusual soft lavender pink color. It is extremely exciting to be a part of an industry at a time when the world of gemstones has opened up in such an unprecedented way. It is important to consider the limited sources for stones like kunzite. It was discovered originally in Pala, San Diego California, only 50 feet away from where a significant tourmaline deposit was found. Eventually the deposit that changed the world, as far as Kunzite being really available to the public, was discovered in the gem rich state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. But as these gems become recognized as collectible, and the demand goes through the roof, the supply dwindles, and dwindles quickly. The deposit in Brazil hasn't yielded any kunzite in years.....so where do we go? Who knows, finding gems is not a science, it is a culture and tradition passed down from generation to generation.
Would you believe that the other place where significant quantities of kunzite have been discovered is Afghanistan? Besides the fact that we all know this is a war torn country, the specific area where the kunzite is being mined is very hostile geographically. It's the Hindu Kush region, which is in the north part of the country, Northeast of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The towering mountains there reach up to 19,500 feet, separated by narrow steep river valleys. The road network is limited and many of these mines are inaccessible except by foot.
Yet , the amazing part of this story is the fact that you can tune into JTV, or go on to JTV.com and have the most beautiful specimens of this extremely beautiful stone delivered to your door...That is for now. Enjoy your kunzite and your family will for generations to come.