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Alternative Names: Lavenderine

Mineral Information

Origin: Notably Brazil, China, S.Africa

Mineral Species: Lepidolite

Mineral Group: Silicates

Chemical Formula: K(Li,Al)3(Si,Al)4O10(F,OH)2

Hardness: 2-3

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.

Esoteric Information

Birthstone: Libra

Chakra Alignment: Third Eye

Element: Spirit

Origin of Name & Mythology: Named in 1792 by Martin Klaproth from the Greek words Lepidos for "scale" and Lithos for "stone".

Additional Information

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.

 

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