Lepidolite is a pastel-colored mineral from the mica group. It grows in a stacked hexagonal formation, which led the stone to be nicknamed “stone scales” for the way the shapes stack on top of each other. It also grows in sheets, and when cleaved, they have a naturally glittery appearance. Lepidolite varies in coloring, but typically it comes in a pink or purple shade. Because lepidolite is colored with manganese, the typical coloring for lepidolite is similar to rhodonite-- another gemstone colored with manganese. Most lepidolite is a reddish-pink color, however, some rare forms of lepidolite can be soft pinks, and even rarer still, lavender and deep purple.The rarest forms of lepidolite are purple-grey, and colorless. 


Lepidolite is a form of mica. These fine minerals are often milled to make eyeshadows, and have been used as binders in beauty products to prevent oily skin.When applied, these minerals can provide a shimmery effect on the eyelids that our ancestors desired. We don’t recommend you take our stones to grind into powder, as we would prefer you and others to leave makeup safety in the hands of professionals. Some modern advancements have occurred for a reason, and the powders we use today are more finely milled than most humans can achieve. 


What is not lost is the faint glimmer in these stones despite their strong finishing. The effect is subtle, but if you get close, you can see the tiny facets inside these flaky stones! Their color has not been altered, and they are some of your best bets in gemstone quality for purple stones besides amethyst. 


These stones go well together with other lustrous materials, such as iolite or labradorite. Their pale pink and purple color stands out brilliantly next to stones such as moonstone and rhodonite.