Unakite is altered granite that is composed of green epidote, pink orthoclase feldspar and colorless quartz. It is named after the Unakas Mountains of North Carolina in the United States, where it was first discovered.
Unakite exists in various shades of green and pink and is usually mottled in appearance. A good quality unakite is considered a semiprecious stone; it will take a good polish and is often used in jewellery as beads or cabochons and other lapidary work such as eggs, spheres and animal carvings.
Unakite can be found as pebbles and cobbles from glacial drift in the beach rock on the shores of Lake Superior. It also occurs in Virginia where it is found in the river valleys after having been washed down from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Unakite is not limited to the United States, but has also been reported from South Africa, Sierra Leone, Brazil, and China.
As with all gems and minerals, there are numerous beliefs regarding the spiritual and healing qualities of Unakite. Most of all it is believed to bring unity and balance to all areas of the owner’s life.
Pictured above are my Unakite V Style Earrings. Below are some more examples of Unakite jewellery from some members of the Jewelry on Etsy team.