Lepidolite occurs throughout the world and is nearly always
associated with lithium pegmatite deposits. There is a large deposit
in Pala, CA. and it is a very common associate of gem deposits in
Brazil, Africa, Pakistan, etc. etc. The color range is from pinkish
white to deep purple and the texture may be schistose to coarsely
crystalline with broad micaceous plates. In is an important
indicator of the probability of gem deposits containing beryl,
tourmaline, topaz, kunzite and garnet. Ron at Mills Gem, Los Osos, CA.