Alternative Names: Lavenderine
Origin: Notably Brazil, China, S.Africa
Mineral Species: Lepidolite
Mineral Group: Silicates
Chemical Formula: K(Li,Al)3(Si,Al)4O10(F,OH)2
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Colour: Pale to dark lilac
Typical Appearance: Typically as 'books' or flaky masses, with rhombic or hexagonal outlines. Commonly twinned forming star-shaped crystal groups.
Chakra Alignment: Third Eye
Origin of Name & Mythology: Named in 1792 by Martin Klaproth from the Greek words Lepidos for "scale" and Lithos for "stone".
In addition to the general properties of the mica group, Lepidolite has the enhancement of lithium, giving it a pink, purple or mauve appearance (other colours occur but rarely). Lithium balances the emotions and lifts the spirits.
Combined with the impervious protective and insulating qualities of mica, this is an excellent mineral to use in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. Lepidolite encourages independence and self-sufficiency, helping us to concentrate and avoid distractions. It is calming, mood lifting and detoxifying, and good for clearing electromagnetic pollution. It also aids sleep.