Kunzite beads are the pink, lavender or violet variety of Spodumine. Hiddenite is the colorless to green variety of spodumine. It is a lithium, aluminum silicate, named after the famous gemologist George F. Kunz, who was the first to identify it. Kunzite was first found in Connecticut. But the first commercially significant deposit was discovered in 1902 in the Pala region of California, where morganite beryl was also first discovered. Kunzite is often found in association with morganite and pink tourmaline, the other popular pink gemstones. Today most Kunzite gemstones are mined in Brazil, Afghanistan, and Madagascar.