Unakite is mainly mottled green and pink to pink/tan colored type of Granite containing green-toned Epidote, pink-toned Orthoclase Feldspar, and Quartz.
It was first discovered in the United States in the Unakas mountains of North Carolina from which it gets its name. 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 jewelry as beads or cabochons and other lapidary work such as eggs, spheres, and animal carvings. It is also referred to as epidotized or epidote granite.
Unakite: Meanings, Benefits and Properties
The frequency of Unakite connects to all the chakras but with a strong connection to the heart chakra. It helps one to acknowledge and release negative emotions, such as anger, resentment, and other low vibrational energies, by helping to prevent these negative energies from manifesting within the physical body and thus causing disease.
The energy of Unakite helps one to release any deeply held or repressed emotional patterns that are being held within the physical body and have led to bad habits such as over-eating and overconsumption of alcohol. Such a release helps to balance one’s emotions and can thus aid emotional healing.
- Heart Disease
- Habitual Issues
- Emotional Belief Patterns – Release
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 and has also been reported in South Africa, Sierra Leone, Brazil, China and Australia
Some material labeled unakite lacks the feldspar and is more properly called epidosite, and is also used as beads and cabochons.