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Properties of Howlite

White Howlite Spheres

If you are looking to learn more about the Howlite properties, and Howlite crystal meaning then read on! I'll also cover what Howlite looks like and a bit more on its history.

What does White Howlite Look Like?

White howlite, also known as Magnesite, Is a chalky white stone that typically has streaks of gray or black throughout. Howlite is entirely opaque and resembles white marble or porcelain. Despite its soft and chalky feeling finish, howlite actually polishes up quite well and can be carved into tons of shapes.

Dyed Howlite as 'Turquoise'

Howlite can be found in formations of irregular nodules that some say resemble cauliflower heads. The stone is very porous and easily dyed with predictable color results. Because of how easy the stone is to dye, many unnatural colors of howlite are available, such as blue, green, and red, but natural howlite will always be white.  TONS of the ‘turquoise’ on the market these days is actually dyed howlite, so be aware!

Gray & White Howlite Tumbles

Howlite Crystal Meaning

Howlite is believed to bring open-mindedness, tenderness, and stillness, so it is referred to as the crystal of compassion. This crystal is often used in meditation and placed at the center of the home in feng shui. Incorporating the stone into your meditation and home provides balance and a level of higher consciousness.

Raw White Howlite

More about White Howlite

This crystal is very soft and rates a 3-3.5 on the Mohs hardness scale. The texture of this stone is soft, bumpy, smooth, and similar to sandstone.  Howlite is made of hydrous calcium borate. Hydrous means that it contains water, and borate is a naturally occurring salt.  A crystal that contains water, calcium, and salt may sound like it would be found in the kitchen, but this crystal is potentially toxic if ingested!

 

Howlite Localities: Canada. Germany, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia, Mexico, and the USA

Chakra: Crown

Birthstone: Howlite is not a birthstone, but it is the zodiac crystal for Gemini.

 

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