Gemstone

Howlite


Howlite is white with grey veining. Howlite was named after Henry How, a Canadian chemist, geologist, and mineralogist who identified it in 1868 in Nova Scotia where it was first found by gypsum miners. Because Howlite is porous it is often dyed to replicate Turquoise, Red Coral or Lapis Lazuli. Dyed Howlite is called Magnesite and marketed as Blue Howlite or Turquentine.  It can be distinguished from other stones it was dyed to imitate under UV light because it gives off a slight coloured fluorescent glow.The natural white Howlite is sometimes named “white turquoise”, “white buffalo turquoise,” or “white buffalo stone” and is often used in carvings or bead jewellery.

Howlite is a calcium borosilicate hydroxide mineral with a hardness of 3.5. It is rare to find it in crystal form, it most often occurs as opaque white irregular shaped nodules with grey streaks. 

It is a super-calming stone and many people use it to relieve stress of all kinds. It makes an excellent antidote to insomnia due to an overactive mind.

Focusing on a piece of howlite can assist in journeying outside the body and gaining insight from past lives. Placed on the third eye, it opens memories of previous times and lifetimes. Howlite teaches patience:  Place a howlite stone in your pocket to absorb your own anger - or another's anger that is directed toward you. It helps to overcome critical or selfish behaviour.


Simmons, Robert; Ahsian, Naisha. The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach (several pages). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.

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