Known as the "pink mica," this mineral was named in 1792 by Martin Klaproth from the Greek words Lepidos for "scale" and Lithos for "stone." It is a comparatively rare mineral found in pegmatites usually associated with other lithium-bearing minerals. It is a source of lithium and used in the manufacture of heat-resistant glass.

Mineral Photos courtesy of R.Weller/Cochise College