Lepidolite carved heart.
Dimensions: 4.5cm x 2cm x 4cm
Lepidolite as a mineral lacks the hardness and tenacity to be a good gem material. However, it is sometimes impregnated with quartz, and that gives it durability. Lepidolite impregnated with quartz makes an attractive pink to purple gemstone, but what makes these stones even more desirable are the bright flashes that occur when the mica cleavage surfaces reflect light. This material is used to produce cabochons, beads, tumbled stones, and ornamental items. They are usually sold as “lepidolite” without giving the quartz proper credit for its important job.