Dims: 2.6" x 2.5" x 1.8"(6.6 x 6.4 x 4.6 cm)
Wt: 6.57 oz.(186.3 g)
The Lepidolite crystals on this specimen occur in the form of small "books" that are quite long for their diameter, looking more like prismatic crystals with basal faces. These books, though somewhat warped, have definite and discernable trigonal and hexagonal cross-sections. They range in size from a few millimeters in length and diameter to as much as 0.7"(1.8 cm) long and 0.3"(0.8 cm) in diameter. They all show a pale violet-pink coloration and are translucent, with a pearly luster on their basal cleavage planes and a dull luster on their "prism" faces. There are at least 20 of these books concentrated in a small area on an albite base rock. Several thin, transparent crystals of pink-violet tourmaline are grown into the Lepidolite cluster. None of these crystals exceeds 0.5"(1.3 cm) in length. The albite base shows definite crystal form and considerable damage. We've had a difficult time finding Lepidolite books with a definite hexagonal shape.