Not well known to the general public, howlite is one of those minerals that is almost more famous for imitating another mineral. In this case, the other mineral is turquoise, a phosphate gemstone. Howlite is naturally milky white in color and often has dark vein-like mineral inclusions. Because of its porosity, it accepts dye fairly easily, achieving a turquoise-like blue color. Howlite accepts a nice polish and its porcelain-like luster is appealing.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
LWUV: Inert to moderate bluish white or orange; Dyed: Inert to orange
Howlithe, Turquenite, Dyed Howlite
Countries of Origin
Canada; Turkey; United States of America (the); Unknown; China; Mexico; South Africa; Slovakia; Serbia; Germany; Bolivia (Plurinational State of); United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Normal care for untreated stones. Soluble dilute acids. Avoid harsh chemicals, ultrasonic cleaners, and steaming for stones that have been dyed.