The color pattern of Lepidolite crystal is so unique. The unique colors could be why it has such amazing properties like...
Crown, Heart, Third Eye, and Throat Chakra
Different hues of purple, and pink
Plate-like layers, slightly shiny, or grainy mass
2 / 10 Rarity
Discovered in Discovered in 1861 by Robert Bunsen and Gustav Kirchhoff.
Mined in Mined in Brazil, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Madagascar, and United States
Chinese name: 鋰雲母
General Care for a Lepidolite
Are you a big fan of Soapstone?
Then Lepidolite will likely be the most fragile rock in your collection.
Whether you have raw Lepidolite or a tumbled stone, you'll need to be careful when storing this mineral.
When working with untumbled Lepidolite you'll need to be careful about applying pressure.
The flaky, layered structure is easy break.
Now if you've added some tumbled Lepidolite to your collection, then you don't have to worry about the naturally flaky exterior!
It's still soft.
With a rock bottom (ha) score of 2.5 - 3 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, this gemstone is barely harder than your fingernail.
In fact, you could scratch your name on the stone if you sharpen your fingernails!
(To get rid of your name on the crystal, just give it a light brush with a hard toothbrush）
How To Clean Your Crystal
Good news! Even with the softness of Lepidolite, you can still clean it.
As a member of the mica group, it's not very sensitive to chemicals.
There are some porous rocks that shouldn't be washed using soap, like Rhyolite.
The soap is difficult to wash out and the scent doesn't fade for awhile.
Which could be a plus.
Then there are some gemstones like Dolphin Stone that react negatively to lemon juice.
But not this one!
Lepidolite will not be harmed by vinegar or lemon juice bath.
Soap is fine too.
Time for a bubble bath!
How do you give Lepidolite a vinegar bath? Follow these easy steps:
- Fill your favorite bowl with warm vinegar or lemon juice.
- Let your stone chill in the acid bath.
- Using a clean, soft bristle toothbrush, gently scrub the rock. GENTLY!
- Rinse the stone well under warm water and let it dry.
Vinegar can leave a smell. But both time and a quick warm water rinse will get rid of that smell.
Will It Fade?
There are a lot of crystals that will fade if they spend too much time in the sunlight.
Amazonite, Sodalite, and light Tourmalines are a few crystals that are sensitive to sunlight.
Real Lepidolite will not fade in the sun quickly.
But purple Lepidolite can slowly lose its color and turn grey with really long term exposure.
Still, no need to keep this baby inside all day, take it out for some sunshine!
How to Charge Lepidolite
There are many ways to charge your Lepidolite crystal: salt bath, dirt bath, and direct moonlight.
We prefer to take raw Lepidolite and tumbled crystal back to Mother Earth for 24 hours.
Dig into the ground outside, let it rest for a day or more, and dig up a charged stone.
We suggest using a cloth bag or a form of natural covering to dirt from falling into your raw Lepidolite's porous surface.
No need to do this if you're charging a tumbled stone.
And as with most crystals, a nice night in direct moonlight will do wonders to cleanse your crystal too.
Check If Your Crystal Is Real
If you're buying raw Lepidolite, then you can relax.
Nobody is faking the raw mineral.
Faking any raw crystal is already a tough task, but untumbled Lepidolite?
The flaky, layered structure of the raw mineral means that the effort required would be enourmous.
If not outright impossible.
So bad guys don't bother.
What about the tumbled version?
Is it easy to fake tumbled Lepidolite?
It is not easy to fake tumbled Lepidolite. Resin is the material used to fake this crystal, but it's not worth it to fake.
This rock isn't particulary rare, or expensive... so faking it wouldn't be profitable.
But don't take our word for it.
There are two ways to test for fake tumbled Lepidolite.
You can spot a fake crystal by using your finger: a genuine crystal will always be cool to the touch.
Look for cracks in the resin used to fake the stone. The cracks will have pooled ink and be darker in color.
Both these tests exploit that resin is the only reliable way to fake tumbled Lepidolite.
Properties of Lepidolite
Found in igneous rocks heavy in lithium across the world; there are lots of ways to use the Lepidolite mineral.
We'll break down how this stone can be used for mental, physical, and spiritual health in the sections below.
Lepidolite Healing Properties
Lepidolite is a common form of mica. Often found inside or around Muscovite.
Lepidolite clears electromagnetic pollution and should be placed on computers to absorb their emanations.
When Lepidolite takes mica-like form its properties are greatly amplified, and this is the most efficient "mopping up" tool.
Lepidolite insists on being used for the highest good. It dissipates negativity.
It activates and opens the throat heart, third eye, and crown chakras, clearing blockages and bringing cosmic awareness.
This stone aids in shamanic or spiritual journeying and accesses the Akashic Record. It tunes you in to thoughts and feelings from other lives that are creating a blockage in your life now.
It can take you forward into the future.
Lepidolite is extremely useful in the reduction of stress and depression. It halts obsessive thoughts, relieves despondency, and overcomes insomnia.
Lepidolite contains lithium and is helpful in stabilizing mood swings and bipolar disorders. It is excellent for overcoming any kind of emotional or mental dependency, supportive in releasing from addictions and complaints of all kinds, including anorexia.
As a "stone of transition," it releases and reorganizes old psychologicaI and behavioraI patterns, inducing change.
Lepidolite encourages independence and achieving goals without outside help.
Lepidolite stimulates the intellect and analytic qualities.
With its power of objectivity and concentration, it speeds up decision making. Lepidolite focuses on what is important filtering out extraneous distractions.
It enhances standing in your own space, free from the influences of others. It is a calming stone that soothes sleep disturbances and emotional stress, bringing deep emotional healing.
I used to think that all rocks where pretty much the same hardness.
Well, turns out that's not true.
The hardness of raw and tumbled Lepidolite is only a 2.5 - 3 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Making it one of the softest stones you'll come across.
What makes Lepidolite unique is the layered nature of the mineral.
It's something usually reserved for sedimentary rocks - not crystals.
Lepidolite is not expensive or hard to find despite its unique appearance and metaphysical properties.
You'll often see tumbled stone for as low as $1 per carat.
Larger, higher quality purple gems cost more than $10 per carat, but you will hardly ever see prices this high.