Lepidolite - Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Lepidolite is a rare, lithium rich mica mineral. Most often it is purple, pink and even red. The mineral sometimes has a dark tone, which gives it a grayish appearance. Rare specimens of lepidolite are colorless or yellow. Manganese is the cause of color in pink, red and purple lepidolites.
Lepidolite mica occurs in stacks of sheets, sometimes referred to as "books". The main photo also shows a typical purplish pink color exhibited by the mineral, its perfect cleavage in one direction, and its pearly to vitreous luster. .76 oz, 1" x 1" x .75"