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Strands of Unakite Gemstone Beads

Unakite, also termed epidotized granite, is an altered granite-like rock composed of orthoclase feldspar, epidote, and quartz, with the epidote representing diverse alteration or replacement processes. Unakite is characteristically mottled pistachio green and salmon pink in color, the pink component from the feldspar and the green component from the epidote. Unakite occurs as veins, seams, dykes, and lenses enclosed in other granites. Unakite is named after the locality of its discovery, the Unaka Mountains in the Blue Ridge Province of the eastern United States, where it occurs in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Unakite is also reportedly found as glacially transported pebbles and cobbles among Lake Superior beach rocks and are presumably Canadian in origin.

Other occurrences of unakite are known in Brazil, China, South Africa, and Sierra Leone. Some material from these other sources may lack the quartz component of a granite but are also termed unakite in the gem trade by virtue of their feldspar and epidote components and characteristic pink and green color.

Unakite is most commonly presented in jewelry as cabochons, beads and carvings. Unakite is a relatively hard material (6-7 Mhos hardness) with good wear characteristics and resistance to abrasion. Unakite wears well in rings and bracelets and may be employed as a gemstone in all types of jewelry. Unakite does not have specific care requirements, but conservative gemstone precautions should be observed while cleaning and storing unakite for the sake of preserving the original condition of the stone. It is safest to clean unakite using warm water, mild soap and a cloth or soft brush. Do not use an ultrasonic or steam cleaner and keep unakite out of contact with excessive heat, acids, ammonia and other chemical or abrasive cleaners.


BeadStrand19 - Unakite Gemstone Beads 8mm Round - $3.65
    
Limited Stock: 3 Strands Available
BeadStrand19 - Unakite Gemstone Beads 8mm Round Approximate Size: 8mm diameter. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.

Strand lengths are approximately 8 inches long and each strand contains approximately 25 beads.

Average strand weight approximately 21 grams.

Mottled pistachio green and salmon pink unakite rounds.


BeadStrand20 - Unakite Gemstone Beads 6mm Round - $3.65
    
Limited Stock: 2 Strands Available
BeadStrand20 - Unakite Gemstone Beads 6mm Round Approximate Size: 6mm diameter. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.

Strand lengths are approximately 8 inches long and each strand contains approximately 33 beads.

Average strand weight approximately 12 grams.

Mottled pistachio green and salmon pink unakite rounds.


BeadStrand32 - Unakite Gemstone Beads 4mm Round - $4.65
    
Limited Stock: 11 Strands Available
BeadStrand32 - Unakite Gemstone Beads 4mm Round Approximate Size: 4mm diameter. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.

Strand lengths are approximately 16 inches long and each strand contains approximately 100 beads.

Average strand weight approximately 11 grams.

Mottled pistachio green and salmon pink unakite rounds.


BeadStrand51 - Unakite Gemstone Beads 8mm Rondelle - $3.65
    
Limited Stock: 6 Strands Available
BeadStrand51 - Unakite Gemstone Beads 8mm Rondelle Approximate Size: 8mm diameter x 5mm thick. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.

Strand lengths are approximately 8 inches long and each strand contains approximately 42 beads.

Average strand weight approximately 25 grams.

Locality: Madagascar

Mottled pistachio green and salmon pink unakite rondelles.


BeadStrand52 - Unakite Gemstone Beads 16mm Rice - $3.65
    
Limited Stock: 4 Strands Available
BeadStrand52 - Unakite Gemstone Beads 16mm Rice Approximate Size: 16mm long x 8mm diameter. Please note the image at left may be larger than life to help show the fine details.

Strand lengths are approximately 8 inches long and each strand contains approximately 13 beads.

Average strand weight approximately 22 grams.

Mottled pistachio green and salmon pink unakite rice shape beads.

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