All about the gemstone Howlite!

Our gemstone directory is never-ending. We bring you the stunning Howlite gemstone to you today. Its marble-like appearance is one for the books! Read on to know more –

So, for beginners, what is Howlite?

Ever seen an extremely calming, soft, and white gemstone that has random gray-colored veins? Well, that’s howlite for you! Howlite as a mineral is calcium borosilicate hydroxide with a hardness of 3.5.

Due to Howlite’s porosity, it is often dyed to replicate Turquoise, Red Coral or Lapis Lazuli. The Howlite that is dyed is called Magnesite and is marketed as Blue Howlite or Turquentine. It can easily be distinguished from other stones as it was dyed to imitate under UV light because it gives off a slight colored fluorescent glow. The name natural white Howlite sometimes is given is “white turquoise”, “white buffalo turquoise,” or “white buffalo stone” and is often used in carvings or bead jewelry.

Along with making for an elegant-looking piece of jewelry, it also has a mysterious and magical side of healing to it.

Something about its appearance.

You rarely find it in crystal form and it mostly occurs as opaque white free-form shaped nodules with grey veins, but the nodules can occur in masses of over 50 kilograms. Howlite mostly looks like white marble or porcelain with a sub-vitreous luster. It is white or grey with grey, black or dark brown veins running through it. To identify gemstone quality, howlite can be distributed by the darker matrix (which appears as the veins), or it can be matrix-free and pure white.


Some history for y'all!

This stunning gemstone was named after Henry How, who was a Canadian chemist, geologist, and mineralogist. He identified it in 1868 in Nova Scotia. He was told of this previously unknown mineral by gypsum quarry miners who found it hampered their mining because it is harder than gypsum. This natural mineral occurs in Canada and parts of the USA.


Healing and spiritual properties

Howlite gemstones have calming energy that will help to ease stress, and may also help calm fits of anger and bad temper. They have greatly beneficial metaphysical properties that will assist you to deal with hostile or aggressive people. Their energy may soothe both you and the other person. They also help raise the level of tolerance you have about life.

For those having sleeping troubles, put a piece under your pillow as it is known to relieve insomnia.
They are useful third eye and crown chakra stones that are effective when used in meditation and for researching past lives.


Healing and spiritual properties

Howlite gemstones have calming energy that will help to ease stress, and may also help calm fits of anger and bad temper. They have greatly beneficial metaphysical properties that will assist you to deal with hostile or aggressive people. Their energy may soothe both you and the other person. They also help raise the level of tolerance you have about life.

For those having sleeping troubles, put a piece under your pillow as it is known to relieve insomnia.
They are useful third eye and crown chakra stones that are effective when used in meditation and for researching past lives.

If this turned you into a Howlite fan, below are some of our favorite Howlite gemstone jewelry pieces. Check them out –

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