SPODUMENE is from the Greek word SPODUMENOS which means "burnt to ashes". This is because its most common colour is ash-grey. But it can come in various colors, from white to yellow, orange, pale violet, lilac corolored, pink and emerald green. It can be translucent or opaque in appearance.

The most popular varieties of Spodumene that have been used as gemstone are Hiddenite and Kunzite. One important thing to note is that all forms of Spodumene fade in direct sunlight.

The emerald green Hiddenite was first discovered by M G Hidden in 1881 in North California. It was known as Lithia Emerald then. Today Hiddenite is referred to as a Crystal of Evolution as it helps one to grow spiritually.

It resonates heart energy and helps to release blockages from the heart and this re-ignites love to oneself and others.

Hiddenite is highly pleochroic meaning it shifts colours from different angles you look at.

The other gem-worthy Spodumene is Kunzite. It was first discovered in California in 1903 by Dr. G F Kunz. The most valuable kunzite is in palest pink hues. It is known as a Stone of Emotion as it harmonizes the logical mind and the emotional heart.

Kunzite encourages us to break down the barriers that we've created around our heart supposedly for protection against traumatic and painful instances. We notice a sense of inner peace and equilibrium as we start to emanate compassion and wisdom and this quality of being allows us to be more receptive to the love that surrounds us.

Kunzite possesses feminine energy. It is especially supportive of women and young mothers in their challenges as caring and nurturing people. It is also beneficial for children who have difficulties in adjusting to and handling other people's energies.

Kunzite helps to stimulate the intuition by first cleansing our auric shadows that dampen our creativity and obscure our "light".