Unakite is a granite composed of pink orthoclase feldspar, green epidote, and quartz.
It exists in various shades of green and pink and is usually mottled in appearance.
Unakite is also referred to as epidotized granite. The pink is orthoclase, and the green is epidote.
Unakite can contain trace amounts of magnetite, chromite, limenite, apatite, zircon and quartz.
Unakite was first discovered in America in 1874, in the Unaka range of the Great Smoky region in the Blue Ridge province of western North Carolina, near the border of Tennessee. It was named after the Unaka Mountains, which where named after the Unaka Indians.
Unakite was used as a trimming in the front steps as well as flooring tiles on a landing at the south entrance of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.
It has also been found in New Jersey and in the state of Virginia, as well as outside of the U.S., including in South Africa, Brazil and China.
Unakite ranges in hardness from 6 to 7.
Metaphysical Properties of Unakite:
Unakite is said to help eliminate bad habits, especially those of overeating and over consumption of alcohol. It is believed to aid in releasing negative emotions.
OakRocks has been in the rock and mineral business for 30 years. We are a great source for Unakite and carry a selection of Unakite eggs, spheres, and lovely Unakite carved animals.