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Lepidolite

Pink to purple in color with a vitreous to pearly luster, lepidolite can be quite a beautiful mineral. Thus, the mica is often prized as an attractive mineral specimen and is sometimes sold as a healing stone. Also, a rock composed of granular pink lepidolite and red to pink tourmaline is often polished and utilized for ornamental carvings. Nevertheless, the rare mica is most highly valued for the large quantities of lithium it frequently contains. Lithium, which is chemically active and the lightest solid element in the world, is chiefly used in batteries, heat transfer alloys, and mood stabilizing medications.


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