abbreviated Kt.

    is a variation of carat, a measure of the fineness of gold.

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  • KILN

    is an oven used for burning, drying, or heating substances at very precise, temperatures.
    In contemporary glassworking kilns are used to fuse enamel, polymer clay and precious metal clay.

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  • Kt.

    short for karat

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    is a splintery, transparent crystal of rare beauty. It is a variety of the mineral family of spodumene that occurs in various shades of pink, light purple, yellow and gray color.

    It also can be clear transparent (colorless), the green variety is known as Hiddenite.

    Kunzite is also called the "evening stone," because of its propensity to fade in bright light.

    The original color. of some kunzite stones can be restored or even intensified by irradiation.

    Small stones of kunzite are difficult to cut(the stone is fairly brittle and has a strong cleavage), for that reason it is mostly seen as a large (sometimes faceted) stone often used in pendants.

    Kunzite has a hardness of 6.5 - 7, and a specific gravity of 3.1 - 3.2. It is currently mined in Brazil, Mexico, USA, Canada, Sweden, Madagascar and Afghanistan.

    It was named after German mineralogist George Frederick Kunz, who discovered it in 1902 in Pala, California, USA.

    Alleged metaphysical properties

    Sometimes referred to as the "Balancing Stone" kunzite is reputed to promote feelings of unconditional love, compassion, peace and harmony.

    Kunzite is believed to stimulates sensitivity and sensuality. It is also said to help heal "broken hearts", and to relieve stress and anger.

    Considered to be an an excellent balancer of physical, emotional and mental compulsives, this gemstone is said to encourage the strength of will, to promotes patience, tolerance, acceptance and self-discipline.

    Consequently it is considered to be of great assistance in eliminating drug addictions and other unwanted habits.

    In its chemical composition kunzite also has a fair amount of lithium, substance that has been proven to relieve depression . 

    For that reason kunzite is believed to be of help in managing chronic depression. 

    Kunzite is said to stimulate and help strengthen the cardiovascular and circulatory system.

    Some believe it can assist in repair of the DNA/RNA.

    Excellent meditation companion.

    Hiddenite is said to be especially useful in diagnosing dis-ease.

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    is translucent, pearly blue gemstone. Although it is usually seen in various shades of blue, kyanite can be purple, gray, black, green, yellow, white or colorless as well.
    The color. is not always uniform; it can be blotchy or in streaks.

    Kyanite most often occurs in high pressure regionally metamorphosed aluminous rocks and in the quartz veins that cut through them.

    It is usually found in long-bladed crystals or columnar to fibrous structures.

    Kyanite gems of fine color. and transparency are rare, and since the relatively low hardness and well developed cleavage make it comparatively easy to damage, its use as a gemstone is relatively limited.

    It is used in the manufacture of heat resistant ceramics.

    Kyanite has a hardness of 4.5 to 7; the hardness varies depending on which way it is scratched. It has a specific gravity of 3.58, and refractive index of 1.716.

    Major sources are found in Brazil, Myanmar, Kenya, Europe, India, Pakistan, Australia, Russia and USA.

    The name kyanite is from the Greek word kyanos, meaning blue.

    Alleged metaphysical properties

    Sometimes called the "Faithful One" kyanite is said to encourage devotion, loyalty and reliability. It is also believed to bring serenity to the whole being and facilitate meditation.

    Kyanite is said to be very useful in enhancing one's creativity, broadening one's perspective, and in reaching a better understanding with others.

    Another special quality, attributed to this gemstone by many crystal healers, is that kyanite never needs the energetic cleansing. It simply does not accumulate or retain negative energy or vibrations.

    Kyanite is said to align all chakras automatically and immediately, with no conscious direction or effort.

    Furthermore this stone's healing property affects the throat, especially the voice, and help enhance creative expression of singers and orators.

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