Lepidolite is an uncommon mica that was discovered in 1861 in the Czech Republic.
This mineral is a by-product of the mining of lithium and owes its purple color to lithium's proximity.
Lepidolite cabochons are rare. This semi precious gemstone material is pale purple or violet to pale pink or white and it has a lovely chatoyancy or shimmer.
Lepidolite has a pearly luster and it is sometimes called Purple Jade.
Lepidolite comes from the Stewart Mine in Pala, California. In 1969 Pala Properties International opened the mine in search of Tourmaline. Lepidolite is often found as a matrix material to Tourmaline and Quartz.
The name Lepidolite is from the Greek word lepidos, meaning scale, because Lepidolite normally appears scaly.
Metaphysical Properties of Lepidolite: Lepidolite is most effective in calming frayed nerves, helping one to release stress and worry, and setting one on the path of willing acceptance.