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Nature of Material: Howlite (HOW-lite) is a mineral species; monoclinic crystal system; chemical composition Ca2B5SiO9(OH5

Appearance: semi translucent to opaque white, often with dark gray and black spider web matrix; commonly dyed blue to imitate turquoise or lapis lazuli.

Phenomena: none
Variety and Trade Names
Chinese turquoise (dyed blue)
Typical Size Range: large pieces are available
Typical Cutting Styles: beads, cabochons
Optic Character: AGG (DR)
Refractive Index: 1.586-1.605 (± .003), spot reading usually 1.59
Birefringence: .019 (usually not detectable)
Specific Gravity: 2.58 (-.13)
Polish Luster: vitreous
Fracture: granular
Luster: dull
Cleavage: none

Identifying Characteristics
may have spider web matrix
Hardness: 3 to 3 ½
Toughness: fair

Availability: limited
Public recognition: unfamiliar
Major Sources: US
Recommended Disclosures: Avoid rough handling and solvents.
The Meaning Of Howlite
General Gemstone Details
although cauliflower probably isn't the first thing that pops into your mind associated with the gemstone howlite; they do actually have a connection. In its natural state, howlite is found in large cauliflower - like masses. It was originally named for Henry How, a 19th century mineralogist, who discovered it first in Nova Scotia. Due to the fact that this is a fairly soft gemstone, and takes dye easily, howlite has become an inexpensive alternative to more costly gemstones. It's natural color is like the softly falling snow, and dyed with any rich hue, it can resemble turquoise, lapis lazuli or red would never have guessed that it began looking quite allot like a vegetable.

Scientific Properties: Moh’s Hardness of 3.5 with a monoclinic crystal structure. Howlite is one of those minerals that is much more famous for imitating another mineral than it is in it's natural state. Natural howlite is always white or gray, it accepts a nice polish and it is procelaneous luster is extremely attractive un-dyed. California is the source for almost all of the howlite trade where nodules of up to one hundred pounds have been found. It is found in continental evaporite deposits with other borate and evaporite minerals. It forms in nodules that appear like the heads of cauliflower, crystals faces on the nodules are rare. Veins of black web-like streaks often are interlaced throughout the nodules, adding to their character. Howlite is often a confusing mineral to classify. The silicon atom in its formula would normally require its classification as a silicate mineral. But some classification schemes prefer to place howlite with other borate minerals in the carbonates class as it has five borons to only one silicon and that its character and formation are more in line with other borate minerals.

Mystical Properties:
How lite is known for it's strong associations with self-awareness, creativity and improving ones emotional attitudes. It enhances character building, and a sense of decency; in encourages desirable personal attributes. Howlite aids in dispelling anger, resentfulness, selfishness and allows one to look inside for answers, aid in communicating the negative emotions with a clearer emotional expression, which will result in calmer confrontations. It decreases the over critical mind, rudeness and offensive behavior, increasing subtly, decency and tact. It is also quite helpful for those who tend to procrastinate. Meditating on a piece of howlite can assist one in journeying outside the body and gaining insight from ones past lives. Place upon the third eye, it opens memories of previous times and lifetimes.

Healing Properties: Howlite is predominantly a calming stone, it will aid in sleeping, calming the over active mind, eases insomnia, dreaming, dream retention and stress relief. Physically it calms the whole body and releases muscle tension. It eliminate pain brought about by stress, and is said to aid in healing stress related injuries such as ulcers, heart problems and rashes. It is helpful in balancing the calcium levels in the body as well as strengthening teeth and bones.

Magical Properties:
Energy: Not Noted
Element: Not Noted
Powers: Not Noted

Associations: Not Noted Not a Traditional Birthstone for any Month Not a stone of any particular star sign



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