£0.90 – £8.00
Petalite mineral specimens from Bikita, Zimbabwe. Also known as Castorite, petalite is a well known mineral, it is a major source of lithium and is described as having a perfect monoclinc cleavage. These samples which we supply are a pale pink colour and available in 3 sizes, supplied in a card tray with an information label.
Petalite is a feldspar mineral, also known as Castorite is a pale pink, white or sometimes transparent mineral with what is described as a perfect monoclinic cleavage, resulting in its naming in 1800 by Brazilian naturalist Jose Bonifacio de Andrada e Silva, the name being derived form the Greek word 'petalon' which means leaf (perfect cleavage). Early industrial uses for petalite were in the production of glass ceramic wares, such as many early cook ware items. However, in the modern day, its most important use is that it is a source of lithium, an element which today is found in most batteries for portable devices such as tablets, phones, laptops and more. These particular specimens come from Bikita, Zimbabwe, a well known economic source of petalite, we can offer this mineral in various sizes and each sample will come supplied in a card tray with an information label.