These 6mm round lithiophilite beads are a strong orange with minor inclusions. The picture looks a litter brighter than they look to my eyes. The beads are a little muted from what you see.
Lithiophilite is a rare mineral that was named by George Brush and Edward Dana in 1878 after lithium and the Greek word philos, which means friend, because lithiophilite always contains lithium.
This mineral is rather soft with a Mohs hardness of 4 to 5, so it has been stabilized to increase its durability. I was able to get only four strands.
- Bead Size: 5.9mm to 6.35mm
- Strand Length: 15.75" (70 beads)
- Treatments: Waxed. Stabilized.