Also spelt Lapidolite, this gem is found in a range of hues similar to Amethyst and Rose Quartz. This translucent mineral is considered by many jewellers to be too soft to set in rings and is therefore more often seen in beaded necklaces, bracelets and ornaments.
Its name is said to be derived from the Greek word “lepidos”, meaning “scale”, due to its scaly appearance.
Lepidolite is never faceted and rarely even cabochon cut. When set in jewellery it is shaped by tumbling and this rough appearance is a stark contrast to its inherent softness.
The gem is surrounded in Crystal Healing myths and is said to bring light and hope to a situation and to promote hope, patience, and self-love.
Lepidolite can help heal depression, lessen anger and release trauma. Smokers and heavy drinkers may also find it helpful as it is supposedly useful for ending addictions.
The gem has been discovered in Argentina, the Czech Republic, Madagascar, Russia, USA and Zimbabwe.