Focus on what is important and in your control.
Release old addictions, beliefs, and self-doubt.
Be the master of your own beautiful destiny.
Choose actions that serve the Highest Good
Let Lepidolite show you how to walk your talk!
Mineralogy of Lepidolite
Mineral Family: Phyllosilicates
Chemical Composition: K(Li, Al3)(AlSi3)10(OH,F)2
Cleavage: Perfect basal
Color: Lilac, purple, pink, also colorless, grey and yellow
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Form/Habit: Tabular to short prismatic
Gravity: 4.90 (light)
Hardness: 2.5-3 (hard)
Luster: Vitreous to pearly
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Deposits are located in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and the United States (California and New Mexico).
Mineral Family: Lepidolite is a combination of various types of mica minerals, which are Silicates. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. Lepidolite belongs to the Phyllosilicate group, which includes many different types of mica minerals, including Fuchsite (green mica) and Biotite (black mica). Initially Lepidolite was thought to be “purple Mica” but now it it is believed to be a fusion of several mica minerals. The Phyllosilicate group also includes such diverse minerals as Chrysocolla, Prehnite, and Serpentine.
Formation: Lepidolite is type of mica containing lithium. It occurs almost exclusively in granitic pegmatites in association with other lithium-bearing minerals such as Beryl, Topaz, Quartz, and Tourmaline.
Mining: Typically mined from the primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock. It is mined as a source of lithium and used to make glass and enamels.
Enhancements: All Lepidolite is natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Lepidolite
Lepidolite was “discovered” relatively recently by the metaphysical community and so it was not included in any early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. It was first documented in the 18th century and originally named “lilalite” as tribute to its lilac-purple coloring. Some sources say that the name came from the Hindu word lila, meaning “divine play.” While this story is delightful, the former story is much more likely. Later, its official name was changed to Lepidolite, which comes from the Greek word lepidos meaning “scale” a reference to Lepidolite’s scaly, shimmery appearance – which is caused by flakes of lithium.
Lepidolite is one of the most important natural sources for lithium, a soft silvery-white metal. Lithium is the lightest metal on earth and is used to make millions of objects and gadgets beloved by the western world, from airplanes to cellphones, from kitchen blenders to batteries. It also is used to make the mood-stabilizing drug, Lithium, which is used to treat the manic phase of bi-polar disorder.
Healing Properties of Lepidolite
Spiritual: Lepidolite is an incredible tool for personal transformation. It opens both the Heart and the Third Eye, helping us to travel farther and swifter on our spiritual path. It helps to reveal what is blocking you from attaining success and happiness, and how to move forward. Lepidolite is attuned to the Heart and Third Eye Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Libra. It is connected to the element of Water and vibrates to the number 8.
Emotional: Lepidolite encourages us to take personal responsibility for our lives and to take the necessary steps to transform ourselves into the magnificent person we were born to be. It lights the way to freedom, releasing us from the chains of the past. Lepidolite helps us to find our deepest center, the place where we are most secure and powerful and to live from this place. Lepidolite balances our highs and lows, leading us to a calm and joyful emotional state.
Mental: Lepidolite helps us to shift away from worry, fear, and addiction. It helps us to look objectively at our life and its stressors and to logically deduce what needs to change. Lepidolite reminds us that transformation takes time, but if we remain dedicated then positive change is inevitable.
Physical: Lepidolite is used by metaphysical healers to support a wide-variety of mental and emotional disorders, particularly bi-polar disorder and ADHD. It is also commonly used to help reduce the desire for addictive behaviors and drugs, as well as to reduce both insomnia and nightmares. Lepidolite is also used to clear away electromagnetic pollution and its effects.
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Ethically Sourced Shungite
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and short.
The Mine and the Lapidary factory are in the same country.
The Lapidary main office is located in a different country.
This Lepidolite is a byproduct of a Lithium mine in China.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Lepidolite was polished in a Chinese Factory for an American company.
The Lapidary is a family-business run by two brothers who visit mines around the world.
In some locations, they polish the rough stones in the same country as the mine.
In other cases, they export the rough stones and have them polished in China.
In both cases, factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first encountered the US wholesaler at the 2015 Franklin, North Carolina Gem and Mineral Show. They carry a wide-variety of tumbled stones, both common and rare. The family is originally from Pakistan and was the first company to import K2, sky-blue Azurite from the famous mountain. When I first saw K2 I knew it was real, but didn’t know what it was and so approached one of the owners. He and I had an instant rapport.
Years later, we greet with a hug and he expects me to have questions about all his new stock. He tells me, with justifiable pride, about all the improvements he’s made to his business since we last spoke. In 2019, this source began to label all their stones with country-of-origin. When I asked him why, he told me that he listens to his customers and I keep asking him where all the stones come from.
Color: Purple and sparkly. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: less than 1 ounce
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Lepidolite
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