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Gem Lepidolite Pebble 5.4cm
Gem Lepidolite crystals for sale from Brazil.
This gorgeous, flashy Gem Lepidolite Palm Stone measuring 5.4cm long displays a magnificent, rich purple-red colour with a stunning, shimmering white and wine-red flash.
Gem Lepidolite is a high-quality form of Lepidolite which is composed of very thin, fine layers of Mica.
This beautiful purple gemstone displays incredibly translucency under torchlight, showing off its delightful range of purple-red hues including wine-reds and plums.
Lepidolite Gemstones are rare to find considering Lepidolite is a very soft, flaky stone that is notoriously difficult to polish.
Please note: due to the nature of the stone, this piece displays some small natural pits on its otherwise smooth, polished surface.
What Is Gem 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 Gem Lepidolite Come From?
Lepidolite can be found in many areas around the world, including Africa and the USA.
Gem Lepidolite is sourced from Brazil.
Gem Lepidolite History
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 Gem 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.
Gem Lepidolite Healing Properties
This purple gemstone 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.
Gem Lepidolite Chakras
This purple gemstone 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 Gem 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.
Gem Lepidolite Collectors
Lepidolite is an excellent mineral for collectors due to its relative rarity and stunning aesthetics.
Lepidolite Gems make a perfect gift for a loved one.
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