Shayna's Boutique

Howlite Beaded Bracelet with Silver Tribal Accent Bead

Shayna's Boutique

$ 18.00 

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Howlite:  Howelite, Khaulite, Silicoborocalcite, Winkworthite, White Turquoise, Turquoise Howlite (turquoise dyed), Sacred Buffalo, Lapis Howlite (blue dyed), White Buffalo

Hardness (Mohs): 3.5 (nodular masses, to separate the grains in massive/nodule forms), 6.5 (crystal) (See Mindat discussion.)
Color(s): White, Colorless
Transparency: Opaque
Lustre: Vitreous, Dull (sub-vitreous)
Habit: Massive, nodules, rarely tabular crystals
Common / Notable Locations: Canada, USA

Rock Lore & Tidbits

Howlite is almost always found in masses or boitroydal nodules. Only rarely is it found as crystals, and they are small.  The stone was discovered in 1868 by J.D. Dana and named for Canadian chemist H. How who discovered it. Howlite is naturally white or colorless, but is often dyed in a rainbow of colors, especially for beads.