Lepidolite is a beautiful lithium-rich member of the mica mineral family. Violet to pink in color, lepidolite has a scaly appearance seen in many specimens. This gemstone is not commonly known to be faceted and is primarily used in ornamental and decorative pieces.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
Transparent - Translucent
Aggregate (AGG), Doubly Refractive (DR)
Many lepidolite specimens have a scaly appearance.
Perfect, in one direction
potassium lithium aluminum fluoro-silicate
Lithia Mica, Lithium Mica
Countries of Origin
Afghanistan; Pakistan; Unknown; United States of America; Brazil
Lepidolite is very soft, so be mindful of scratching. Requires gentle handling