What is Lepidolite?


Lepidolite is a lilac or rose-violet colored member of the mica group of minerals. It’s primarily found in Brazil, Russia, and parts of Africa. Lepidolite is often used as a gemstone and is a popular choice for jewelry due to its beautiful colors and spiritual significance.

Lepidolite is a lilac-colored gemstone known for its soothing and balancing properties. Its calming hues and shimmering appearance make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items. The stone is often used in rings, necklaces, and pendants.

Gemstone Properties

Chemical ClassificationInorganic - Silicate (Mica)
ColorRanges from pink to purple, and sometimes gray or yellowish.
LusterVitreous to pearly.
TransparencyTranslucent to opaque.
OccurrenceBrazil, Madagascar, and the United States.
FormationTypically found in granite pegmatites.
DiaphaneityTranslucent to opaque
Mohs Hardness2.5-3.
Specific GravityApproximately 2.8 to 3.3.
Diagnostic PropertiesPink to purple, flaky.
Chemical CompositionK(Li,Al)3(Al,Si,Rb)4O10(F,OH)2
PleochroismNot noticeable due to its opacity.
Crystal SystemMonoclinic
Optical PropertiesBiaxial (-)
Refractive Index1.525 - 1.548
2V angleMeasured: 0° to 30°
DispersionNot typically relevant for lepidolite due to its opacity.