Although currently residing in Alaska, this chunk of unakite is from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. (It's been around.) Unakite, a gemstone sometimes used as a building stone, is a metamorphosed or altered former granitic rock, with a type locality in the Unaka Range of the Great Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. Callan Bentley describes the origin of typical Blue Ridge Mountains unakite as being a 1.1 billion year old granitoid that got metamorphosed "during Alleghanian mountain-building, between 300-250 million years ago."
This enlargement shows an epidote veinlet cutting some of the reddish pink potassium feldspar in the upper right corner. That's an antique 10X Triplet hand lens for scale.
Here you can see a tiny quartz veinlet cutting the pistachio-green epidote, the reddish-pink K-spar, and the irregular gray masses of quartz.
I first visited the locality where this unakite was collected way back in my undergrad days while on a field trip led by W.D. Lowry. Later, probably while on an outing to some great camping location in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I visited this site with my entire family. My dad collected this particular piece of unakite—somewhere east of Charlottesville, on an east-west road south of the main east-west road heading west from Charlottesville (now I-64), on the west side of the mountains.
I thought maybe I could find the location in Google Street View, but that search was pointless until I did a little research on unakite localities near Charlottesville. And guess what? I think I found our site: somewhere on Highway 56 about one to two miles east of Vesuvius, VA, near an old unakite quarry, possibly between this roadcut and this roadcut. There's a chance that we were on some back road south of Highway 56, but still somewhere within the general Irish Creek–Big Mary's Creek–Little Mary's Creek unakite collection area of Rockbridge County, VA.
I have my own unakite around somewhere, either on a shelf or in a box at the lake. It's one of my favorite rocks, probably because of it's spectacular color, and also because it's likely one of the first rocks I collected as a budding, first- or second-year geologist. (Or maybe a Virginia trilobite was one of my first collections?)
Ron Schott's unakite pebble.
Andrew Alden's polished unakite.