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Lepidolite Heart 6.9cm
Lepidolite crystals for sale from Africa.
This stunning Lepidolite Heart measuring 6.9cm wide displays a magnificent deep plum colour with bright sparkling flecks.
What Is Lepidolite Made Of?
Lepidolite is a rare lilac coloured mineral belonging to the mica family.
This mineral is famed for being rich in lithium, but it is manganese inclusions which cause the pink, purple, and red hues characteristic of Lepidolite.
The gemstone can display a range of colours, from deep plums to pale lilacs.
Lepidolite is often found included in large Quartz segments, and flakes of this mineral are said to be the root of the stunning shade of Pink Aventurine.
Where Does Lepidolite Come From?
Lepidolite can be found in many areas around the world, including Brazil and the USA.
This particular piece was sourced from Africa.
This stunning purple stone was originally discovered in the 1700s, where it was named 'Lilalite' because of its lovely lilac colouring.
However, it was later renamed. Its new name "Lepidolite" was derived from the Greek word "lepidos" (meaning scales) because of its flakes of Lithium which resembled scales.
The word "scale" is also apt when referring to Lepidolite, as this stone is believed to help balance the scale of emotions we feel on a daily basis.
What Is Lepidolite Used For?
Lepidolite was commonly used an important source of Lithium in the past, however it is now only a minor ore for this metal.
It is important to be able to source Lithium, as it is used for many essential purposes such as in mood stabilising medication and various equipment and appliances including batteries, mobile phones, and toasters.
Forms of mica such as Lepidolite are also often crushed to create colourful eyeshadows.
Finally, Lepidolite can be used as a gemstone, but it is difficult to cut and polish it due to its softness and flaky surface.
Lepidolite Healing Powers
This purple stone is one of emotional balance and equilibrium.
Due to its lithium inclusions, Lepidolite is believed to have strong mood stabilising properties, which make it useful for soothing strong emotions and reducing mood swings.
Known as a stone of peace, Lepidolite can be used to bring a sense of calm to its user, and is often used by crystal healers to help improve a client's sleep quality by reducing nightmares.
This purple gem works well with all chakras due to its balancing, stabilising properties.
However, it is most associated with three chakras, as follows:
- When used with the Third Eye Chakra, Lepidolite can help improve one's intuition and understanding of their emotions.
- When used with the Heart Chakra, this purple stone can help balance one's feelings when in particularly emotional situations, and cleanse negative energies and emotions from the body.
- When used with the Crown Chakra, Lepidolite can help to align all the chakras and enable whole body balance, as well as improve spiritual awareness by providing a feeling of deep serenity.
How Hard Is Lepidolite?
Measuring 2.5 to 3.5 on the Mohs scale, this mineral is very soft and fragile.
Great care should still be taken not to damage the crystal surface by handling the stone gently and keeping it away from other stones.
To clean this delicate crystal, simply use water and dry it afterwards with a soft cloth.
Lepidolite is an excellent mineral for collectors due to its relative rarity and stunning aesthetics.
Buy Lepidolite online now at Madagascan Direct.