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Spodumene

| Types of Minerals | January 18, 2013

What is Spodumene

What is Spodumene

The gem Spodumene occurs very rarely and in much smaller crystals ranging from colorless to yellow, pink to violet, Kunzite, yellowish-green to medium deep green, Hiddenite, and an extremely rare light blue color.
Spodumene is a major source of lithium, which has a great variety of uses including in the manufacture of lubricants, ceramics, batteries, welding supplies, experimental fuels and in anti-depressant drugs. Spodumene gems are perfectly suited for setting into rings, pendants, brooches and earrings.The perfect cleavage of spodumene makes it more difficult to facet, and care is required to prevent damage when wearing a spodumene gem set in a ring.
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Spodumene is a pyroxene mineral consisting of lithium aluminium inosilicate, LiAl(SiO3)2, and is a source of lithium. It occurs as colorless to yellowish, purplish, or lilac kunzite, yellowish-green or emerald-green hiddenite, prismatic crystals, often of great size. Single Spodumene crystals 47 feet in size are reported from the Black Hills of South Dakota.

 

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