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Unakite is a type of granitic rock that features mottled patterns of green epidote, white to gray quartz, and pink feldspar, occasionally with black veining. This compact, hard gem is most often seen as cabochon gems, carvings and beads or sold as tumbled rough.

Unakite Polished
Unakite Classification
Common Name Unakite
Species Rock
Unakite Optical Properties
Transparency Opaque
Dispersion Strength: None
Refractive Index 1.729-1.768 Tolerance: (1.52-1.54 in the peach feldspar areas)
Optic Character NA
Optic Sign NA
Polariscope Reaction Aggregate (AGG)
Fluorescence SWUV: Inert
LWUV: Inert
Pleochroism None
Unakite Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 6-7
Specific Gravity 2.850-3.200 Typical:3.000
Toughness Fair
Inclusions Unakite has a mottled green and pink appearance with black, white or gray veining.
Luster Vitreous, Greasy
Fracture Granular, Uneven
Cleavage None
Unakite Chemistry & Crystallography
Chemical Formula Rock composed of green epidote, pink feldspar and white to gray areas of quartz
Crystal System NA
Chemistry Classification Rock

Countries of Origin

United States of America (the); Unknown; China; Brazil; South Africa; Australia; Indonesia


Normal care for untreated Unakite. Avoid hot water, household chemicals, and ultrasonic cleaners for impregnated stones.

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This page was created on June 27, 2014.

This page was last edited on October 24, 2019.