Soapstone, also known as steatite, refers to compact masses of talc and other minerals known for their soapy or greasy texture. Due to its softness, it has been used since ancient times for carvings, ornaments and utensils.
- Optical Properties
- Characteristic Physical Properties
- Chemistry & Crystallography
LWUV: Inert to weak pink, yellow or greenish yellow
Steatite, Talc, Saponite
Countries of Origin
United States of America (the); Czechia; Madagascar; Kenya; Portugal; India; New Zealand; Canada; Austria; Unknown; Norway; China; Finland; Russian Federation (the); Brazil; Poland; Italy; Australia; France; Lithuania; Germany; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Soapstone is easily scratched. If the soapstone has been heated it can obtain a mohs hardness between 5.5-6.5.