This natural Violet Lepidolite originates from Mexico and its weight is about 26 carats. The measurements are 31.3mm x 22.81mm x 5.09mm (length x width x depth). The shape/cut-style of this Lepidolite is Fancy Cabochon. This 25.88ct Lepidolite gem is available to order and can be shipped anywhere in the world. Gemstone Certification can also be provided as an optional service.
Lepidolite is a lilac-gray or rose-colored lithium-bearing mineral of the mica group. It is associated with other lithium-bearing minerals like spodumene in pegmatite bodies. It is one of the major sources of the rare alkali metals rubidium and caesium. Lepidolite has a vitreous to pearly luster. It is quite a soft stone with a Mohs' hardness rating of 2.5.
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