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Lepidolite (Madagascar)

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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.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Lepidolite

Raw Lepidolite

Raw Lepidolite, Himalaya Mine, California, USA

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
Fracture: Uneven
Gravity: 4.90 
Hardness: 2.5-3 
Luminescence: None
Luster: Vitreous to pearly
Streak: Colorless
TransparencyTransparent to opaque

Location: Deposits are located in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Madagascar, 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.

Lepidoltie mine

Lepidolite, Oceanview Mine, California

Enhancements: All Lepidolite is natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Raw Lepidolite, Lepidolite Mine

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 modern 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.

Ethically Sourced Lepidolite

 

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 short and clean.

The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.

 

The Mine

This Lepidolite was artisanally mined in Madagascar.  

The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,

and would have been relatively low risk for miners. 

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

The Lapidary

This Lepidolite was polished in Antananarivo, Madagascar.    

The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business. 

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first met the owner of the lapidary at the 2006 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. At that time I was working for a crystal shop in Utah and was at Tucson primarily as a “pack mule” to help carry all the stones. It was generally agreed by our crew that the “Madagascar” tent contained the most beautiful stones in the entire show.

In 2014, I embarked on my first buying trip for Moonrise Crystals.  The company I knew of only as “Madagascar” was the one company I was most determined to find and buy from. This lapidary company only sells at a handful of major gem shows.  The only time they are in the USA is for the Tucson Gem Show. During the rest of the year, the lapidary hand polishes their stock and also does charity work in their local community.  They continue to offer some of the most beautiful tumbled stones in the industry and are among my favorite suppliers.

In 2019, Moonrise Crystals and the Madagascar lapidary company joined together to financially support a rural school in Madagascar.

Safe Handling of Lepidolite

Lepidolite

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Lepidolite

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Madagascar

Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Dappled purple with a silver sparkle, may have minor gray areas from the matrix rock.
  • Polish: Shiny but not completely smooth. Small pieces of the matrix rock are knocked off during the tumbling process leaving grooves and cavities.
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Rounded
  • Size: Average size is 1 inch / 25 mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is .8 ounce / 23 grams / 113 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

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