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From : Tandika Star 93:9600/5 Sun 21 Mar 93 19:53
Subj : Lepidolite
SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION: Lepidolite a potassium, lithium, aluminum fluorsilicate
mica. Its chemistry is complex: K(Li,Al)3(Si,Al)4O10(F,OH)2. It is pink, lilac,
yellowish, grayish white or a combination of all of these. The streak is
colorless. It is one of the softer stones, with a hardness of 2-1/2 to 3.
ENVIRONMENT: Lepidolite is confined to granite pegmatites, where it occurs
either as fine-granular masses near the core of the pegmatite or as stubby or
tabular crystals in cavities. It is commonly associated with microcline, quartz,
OCCURENCE: Large fine masses of lepidolite have been mined at the Stewart
Pegmatite at Pala, and superb sharp crystals have been obtained from the Little
Three Pegmatite near Ramona, both in San Diego Co., California. It has also been
mined in substantial amounts in several New England states and in the Black
Hills of South Dakota.
NAME: The name comes from the Greek [lepidos], meaning 'scale', in allusion to
the scaly aggregates in which the mineral commonly occurs.
LEGEND and LORE: Lepidolite is a stone that could certainly be considered "new
age" in the sense that it is just now coming into recognition by healers and
magicians. There is no "past lore" on this stone, to the best of my knowledge.
Part of this may be due to the fact, that it is native to the United States.
MAGICAL PROPERTIES: "This stone soothes anger, hatred or any other negative
emotion. To quiet the entire house, place lepidolite stones in a circle around a
pink candle." (2)
HEALING: Lepidolite is also know as the "Dream Stone". It will protect the
individual from nightmares, especially those caused by stress or an upset in
personal relationships. It can be used in the same types of circumstances as
Kunzite, namely for manic depression or schizophrenia.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: This is one of the most soothing and relaxing stones I've
ever held. It is a beauty to look at, and calms the mind enabling it to
concentrate on the TRUE source of a problem...instead of running around in
frantic circles accomplishing nothing. The more rubellite in the stone, the
better it will help the heart and mind work together.
NOTES: Lepidolite has been used as a source of lithium. The above description of
the appearance of this stone may be deceiving, as I found Cunningham's to be,
also. All of the specimens of this stone that I have seen so far have been grey
to a pale lavendar grey with "sparkles" of the lithium mica embedded in it. The
heart-shaped cabuchon that I have also has very distinctive crystals of
rubellite (pink tourmaline) and veins of white running through it. I was
originally looking for a MUCH brighter lavendar stone. It is unusual, also, to
find specimens that are cut and polished. Usually the stone is too "crumbly" to
take a good polish. However, it is equally handsome in rough form.
1. Scientific, Environment, Occurence and Name are from (or paraphrased from)
"The Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals".
2. Legends and Lore, Magical Properties are from "Cunningham's Encyclopedia of
Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic", by Scott Cunningham.
3. Personal Experience is from MY personal experience, journals and notebooks,
by Tandika Star.
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