Amethyst vs Lepidolite: Let’s Compare…

Amethyst and lepidolite are two different gemstones, both with unique properties and characteristics.  Both are known for similar metaphysical properties, however, differences do exist.

In today’s guide, let’s explore the main differences between amethyst and lepidolite.

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What is amethyst?

Amethyst is a variety of quartz, purple in color, which attributes to the presence of iron as well as other trace minerals.  Colors can range from a deep purple to something pale.  Out of all crystals, amethyst is quite possibly one of the most popular gemstones today, most commonly used in jewelry.  For thousands of years, it has been prized by the Romans and Greeks because they felt it held powerful spiritual properties.  Today, it’s even said to hold special metaphysical properties, such as promoting calmness, balance and inner peace.

What is lepidolite?

Lepidolite is a type of mica, which is usually pink, purple or gray.  Like amethyst, it’s also used in jewelry, but it’s also used in industrial applications due to its high lithium content.  Metaphysically, lepidolite is also said to have calming properties and is often used as a gateway to help with anxiety and stress.

What is the difference between amethyst and lepidolite?

Composition:  Amethyst is a variety of quartz, whereas lepidolite is a type of mica.

Color:  Amethyst will almost always be purple in color, whereas lepidolite will be a mix of pink, purple or gray.

Crystal structure:  Amethyst will have a trigonal crystal structure, whereas lepidolite has a monoclinic crystal structure.

Formation:  Amethyst is formed in igneous rocks and hydrothermal veins, whereas lepidolite is formed in pegmatites.

Hardness:  Amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs scale, while lepidolite is about 2.5 to 4.  For those who are unfamiliar the Moh’s scale measures the stone’s hardness.  The higher the number, the less susceptible it is to scratches.

Mining location: Amethyst is found in all parts of the world, mainly Brazil and Uruguay, as well as others.  Lepidolite is found mainly in Brazil, Russia and parts of the United States.

Rarity:  Amethyst is very common and is much easier to find that of lepidolite.  It’s not to say lepidolite is rare.  It’s just that amethyst is one of the most common crystals on the market, hence the lower price.

Size:  Amethyst can greatly vary in size, sometimes more than a few pounds, whereas lepidolite tends to be much smaller.

Texture:  Amethyst is more of a smooth, glassy texture, whereas lepidolite is more of a rough, grittier texture.

Transparency:  Amethyst is almost always transparent to translucent, whereas lepidolite is opaque.

Uses: Amethyst is primarily used as jewelry and even home decor.  Some even use it for spiritual practices.  Lepidolite, on the other hand, is used mainly in jewelry, but some do see it as a way to help manage their stress levels.  As noted earlier, lepidolite is used industrially for its lithium content.

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What are the metaphysical differences?

Amethyst is said to be more of a calmness and protector stone, most associated with spiritual awareness and intuition.  It’s said to help promote balance, calmness as well as inner peace and will have a more powerful energy balance.  It’s associated with the crown chakra.

Lepidolite is said to also be a calming stone, but it’s more focused on reducing stress as well as emotionally grounding you.  It’s connected with the heart and third eye chakra and will have more of a gentle energy in comparison to an amethyst.

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