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Appearance, Uses and History
Spodumene is used as an ore of Lithium, although in modern times has been replaced with other, more effective sources of Lithium. It is sometimes still used when the demand for Lithium becomes too high.
Given the current reliance on Lithium batteries, it is likely the demand for Spodumene will rise – electric cars, mobile phones, tablets – they all have Lithium based batteries and research into new technology will use huge amounts of various metals.
Lithium is also used in ceramics, medicines, and as a flux.
One of its uses is for gemstone jewellery making. However, Spodumene has perfect cleavage, which makes it less than ideal for jewellery – they cannot take much damage and may break easily.
Spodumene can form extremely large crystals; they can be 3-4 feet wide and 30 feet long, or even larger!
Spodumene is found in a few different locations, including Afghanistan, Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, and the USA.
- Hiddenite: a pale to emerald green variety, used as a gemstone.
- Kunzite: a light purple variety, used as a gemstone.
- Triphane: a yellow variety, sometimes used as a gemstone, but less often than Hiddenite/Kunzite.
Photos of Spodumene
Photos of Hiddenite
Photos of Kunzite
Hazards and Warnings
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
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