Science & Origin of Unakite

Unakite, also known as Epidotized or Epidote Granite, is a very common type of Granite with Epidote, Pink Orthoclase, and Quartz inclusions. It’s name derives from the location it was discovered, the Unaka Mountains in western North Carolina, U.S. Unakite’s hardness and durability make it one of the easiest stones for beginners to tumble, as well as being a popular material for jewelers to cut into cabochons. In addition, this mineral can also be seen and used as decorative material within houses, museums, or speciality buildings. The most famous building known to have Unakite is the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. You can see it as trimming on the front steps right as you walk in or as floor tiles located at the south entrance. This mineral has multiple localities in the United States aside from North Carolina. Active and abundant veins are located in New Jersey and Virginia, with most of the “construction grade” material coming out of the latter locality. Other countries who host notable deposits of Unakite are China, Brazil, South Africa, and Sierra Leone.

Meaning & Energy

Unakite has a special connection with one’s heart and aids in the deeper understanding of their emotional body. Simply meditating with this stone will help push out those “dead weight” feelings we continue to carry with us. These emotions serve no positive purpose and are taking up your heart occupying space. Unakite helps one push through these hardships no matter the emotional pain and allows one to truly find inner peace. This crystal has a soft touch and will keep you comfortable even when dealing with the most painful emotions. It’s a powerful transformation talisman that is here to not only strengthen your heart, but also bridge the gap where new opportunities await!


Due to Unakite having Epidote in it, this mineral is a natural enhancer of any emotion or vibration that is placed around it. For example, if one is experiencing a bad day and is carrying a piece of Unakite on them, we recommend placing it aside for the time being. Let yourself start fresh and anew the next day, with a leveled head and positive attitude.

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