This stone was originally called “lilalite” due to its lavender color. However, it was later named “lepidolite” derived from the Greek term “lepidos” which means “scale”. This is because of its scaly appearance that is caused by the flakes of lithium. With that said, the lepidolite crystal is mined as a source for lithium along with other rare elements such as rubidium and cesium. Lithium is known as the lightest metal on the globe and used in mobile phones, rechargeable batteries, microwave ovens, toasters, aircraft parts and air-purifiers. Lithium is also a well-known drug for stabilizing mood and emotions. Lepidolite is also used as a source of flake mica and is used as an ingredient in some enamels and glass. The fine-grained masses of lepidolite were also polished into ornaments such as animal carving and eggs as well as important constituents in some gem materials. As a mineral, the lepidolite crystal lacks the tenacity and hardness to be a good gem material. It is sometimes, however, impregnated with quartz and offers it durability. Lepidolite combined with quartz make an attractive purple to pink gemstone. However, what makes this crystal even more desirable is the bright flashes that occur when the lepidolite cleavage surfaces reflect light.
NOTE - These are STOCK PHOTOS and there will be slight variation in terms of color, texture size etc... Crystals have some wonderful variations unique to each stone.
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