Spodumene is from the Greek, spodoumenos, "burnt to ash," alluding to the ashy color of early specimens. Kunzite is named after the American gem expert, G. F. Kunz (1856-1932). Depending on the colour of the Spodumene various names have been applied including; Kunzite for pink, violet, purple colored specimens, Triphane for colorless and yellow, and last and perhaps the most rare is hiddenite which tends to be an emerald green colour.
Afghanistan and Pakistan are renown for the best Kunzite crystals particularly good colour and large sizes. Most crystals are tiny from other regions.