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Unakite characteristics

history and healing properties of unakite
"The butterfly effect" earrings with unakite

The unakite is from the alterated granite family. It is composed of orthoclase which gives this pink color, of epidote giving hime the green color and of colorless quartz. The color goes from lime green to dark green. It also shows red and pink stains. Its color can vary a lot in terms of hues and shapes due to its irregular crystals.

Do not mix epidosites with epidote that is sometimes sold as unakite. The absence of quartz is what makes the difference between them. The epidote does not show (or very scarcely) pink stains due to the feldspath.

The name of this stone comes from the mountain range called Unaka Range in North Carolina, USA.

Mines: South Africha, Alaska, Austria, Burma, Brazil, China, the USA, France, Ireland, Mexico, Mozambique, Norway, Russaia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe.

History, legends and beliefs about the unakite

It was discovered in 1874 by M. Bradley in the south of the USA, in the mountain range that gave its name to the stone: Unaka Range.

Healing properties of the unakite

  • The unakite would help with problems related to bones or teeth (decalcification, rheumatism…)
  • It would relieve the liver, intestines, and the gall bladder. It would help with digestion and would help eliminating fats.
  • It would strengthen the immune system.
  • The unakite would help to the heart and the lungs.
  • It is recommanded for women’s fertility.
  • It would help with regenerating tissues.

/!\ Please note that all healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions.

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