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Howlite

Howlite Gemstone Properties 

Design Possibilities

Cauliflower isn't what you may think of when you see howlite, but there is a connection. In the raw, it's found in cauliflower-like masses. This versatile stone is named for Henry How, a 19th century mineralogist, who found it first in Nova Scotia. Because howlite is soft and takes on rich hues of color when it's dyed, it becomes an inexpensive alternative to more costly stones. Its natural color is like snow softly falling. Dyed, it looks like luscious lapis lazuli or cherry red coral or a tantalizing turquoise-all gemstones no one would think started out looking like a cauliflower. Regardless of how you use it, in its natural or dyed forms, howlite makes the most delectable looking jewelry for a price your customers will find delectable, also.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

How? That's the question many creative people ask themselves daily. Here's how: You simply sit down. You don't tell yourself you'll wait until you're not so busy, or not so tired, or, most deadly of all, until inspiration hits you. If you're a writer, you sit down in front of your computer; if you're a painter, in front of your easel; if you're a beader, at the table where you do your beadwork. You start "playing" (with words, paints, beads, etc.). That requires trust, openness and discipline--the important spiritual values howlite offers. That's why it's a tremendously important stone for anyone who's creating anything, which is probably all of us.
Mineral Information Calcium-silicon borate with hydroxyl
Chemical Composition Ca2SiB5O9(OH)5
Color Soft white, grey veining (N); lapis blue, red, turquoise
Hardness 3.5
Refractive Index 1.586-1.609

**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. NEED4BEAD does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.