We think that Lepidolite is just lush! This lavish gemstone is very popular amongst our wonderful customer base because they just love its lilac, purple and pink varieties with their differing characteristics and individual beauty.
Lilac and Purple Lepidolite have high quantities of Lithium within the Mica leading to beautiful opaque sparkly Mica patterns on round beads that look like mini universes with galaxies contained with! Pink and yellow Lepidolite contains more Manganese leading to a translucent and scaly look which offers an interesting choice for your next project. Whichever type of Lepidolite you choose, you can guarantee to produce a real star of the show piece!
Lepidolite is found in many parts of the world. Notable deposits have been discovered in Zimbabwe, Honshu, Japan, the Ural Mountains Russia, Skuleboda Sweden, Manitoba Canada, Minas Gerais Brazil, Coolgardie Western Australia, Madagascar and California, Maine, and New Mexico USA.
In 1861, Robert Bunsen and Gustav Kirchhoff discovered and extracted 150 kg of Lepidolite and yielded a few grams of Rubidium salts for analysis, and therefore discovered the new element Rubidium! Originally called "Lilalite" because of its lilac colour, it was later named "Lepidolite" from the Greek word "lepidos” meaning "scale", This is due to its scaly appearance caused by flakes of Lithium.
Because Lepidolite is an ore of Lithium, it can be said that it has contributed to usage in rechargeable batteries, mobile phones, microwave ovens and aircraft parts. However, today most Lithium is produced from brine and evaporite deposits in South America, where Lithium can be extracted more economically. Lepidolite can be used to make glass and as an ingredient in some enamels. Lepidolite is often used as an ornamental stone and is an important constituent in some gem materials such as Aventurine. Nowadays it is recognised for its sheer beauty and quality in jewellery-making.
Lepidolite is found naturally in a variety of colours, mainly pink, lilac, purple, and red, but also grey and, rarely, yellow, and colourless. Because Lepidolite is a Lithium-based Mica, it is often wrongly assumed that Lithium is what causes the pink/purple hues that are so characteristic of this mineral. Instead, it is trace amounts of Manganese that cause them. Flakes of Lepidolite are sometimes responsible for the colour of pink and red Aventurine. Lepidolite is soft with only a 2.5 to 3.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.
Referred to as a “stone of transition”, Lepidolite is said to assist in the release and reorganisation of old behavioural and psychological patterns, gently inducing change whilst bringing deep emotional healing, soothing and reducing stress and depression in oneself. Lepidolite is thought to dissipate negativity by activating one’s throat, heart, third eye and crown chakras, clearing blockages and bringing cosmic awareness. Legend says that Lepidolite facilitates astral travel and accesses the Akashic Record, thus helping to take one forward into the future.