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Lepidolite on Quartz Mineral | 503 Grams | Gunnison Co. Colorado | SO24

Name: Lepidolite on Quartz Crystal Cluster
Specimen Size:   Large Cabinet Sized
Dimensions:   83x72x62 mm / 3.3x2.8x2.4 inches
Weight:  503 Grams / 1 lb 1 oz
Origin: Mined in Brown Derby Mine, Quartz Creek Pegmatite Mining District, Gunnison County, Colorado, USA

 

Lepidolite is a lilac-gray or rose-colored member of the mica group of minerals.  Because lepidolite is a lithium-bearing mica, it is often wrongly assumed that lithium is what causes the pink hues that are so characteristic of this mineral. Instead, it is trace amounts of manganese that cause the pink, purple, and red colors.  The most notable and certainly the most studied of these deposits is the Brown Derby #1 Pegmatite, located in the Ohio City/Quartz Creek District, approximately 18 miles northeast of Gunnison in the high mountains of Central Colorado.

This top specimen is in very good condition. Would be a beautiful addition to any new or existing collection.

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