How Unakite got its Name
So, how exactly did we decide on the name Unakite? Well, the first place it was found was near the Unaka Mountains of North Carolina and is pretty common in the Blue Ridge Mountains where it can be found in road cuts, streams, and rubble piles. You might come across unakite in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It's also found in the Shenandoah National Park and surrounding areas and has been found as far North as the shores of the Great Lakes! We've also found deposits of this epidote in South Africa, China, Brazil, and Canada.
Unakite is pretty easy to identify since it's nearly the only rock that is both green and pink. It has a hardness of 6-7 and is generally used as cabochons and beads. Unakite does have perfect cleavage in one direction, so it doesn't facet very well.
Karen McCoun wrapped this lovely unakite wire pendant.