Custom Cut Polished & Wire Wrapped Lepidolite Set Earrings, Necklace/Pendant/Slide/Enhancer in Sterling Silber .935 size: Necklace/Pendant 2 1/4 x 3/4 inch or 53mm x 19mm Earrings: 1 3/16 x 7/16 inch or 30mm x 11mm Collected at the Havey Mine in Poland Maine by Mary & Bob
Lepidolite was first discovered in 1861 by Robert Bunsen and Gustav Kirchhoff. Originally called "lilalite" because of its lavender color, it was later named "lepidolite" from the Greek "lepidos"--which means "scale"--because of its scaly appearance caused by flakes of lithium. Lepidolite is mined as a source of the element lithium along with other rare earth elements such as cesium and rubidium. Lepidolite is an important source of lithium, which is the lightest metal in the world. It is used in rechargeable batteries, mobile phones, toasters, microwave ovens, air purifiers, aircraft parts and is well-known as a mood-stabilizing drug. Fine-grained masses of lepidolite have been polished into ornaments such as eggs and animal carvings.