The Mineral Garden
This listing is for 1 raw Lepidolite Sheet, which will be intuitively selected. As these are natural raw stone, they may differ in size and appearance from those pictured.
Locality : Brazil
Size approx : 1" - 1 1/2" (3g-7g)
- Common Localities: Brazil (Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Norte, Bahia), Afghanistan, Madagascar, USA (California)
- Composition: Potassium, aluminum, silicon, and oxygen with lithium and/or other metal impurities [K(Li,Al)2(Al,Si)4O10(F,OH)2]
Lepidolite is a type of mica that is valued for its striking purple color and high lithium content. It typically forms as small, platy crystals or in masses of interlocking plates. The purple color is caused by the presence of manganese in the crystal structure. Lepidolite is often found in granite and other lithium-rich pegmatites. It is used for a variety of industrial applications, including in the production of ceramics, glass, and batteries.
Lepidolite sheets from Brazil are particularly prized for their deep purple color and distinctive appearance. They are often used in spiritual and healing practices, as the mineral is believed to promote emotional balance and calmness. Lepidolite has a fascinating history, as it was originally named after the Greek word "lepidos," which means scale, due to its scaly appearance. It was first described in the 18th century, but it was not until the 19th century that its lithium content was discovered. Lepidolite has since become an important source of lithium, which is a key component in the production of batteries for electronic devices.