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What is the difference between turquoise stone and howlite stone?

Howlite is a calcium borosilicate mineral. Small round formations are often light gray in color. Since the mineral is not entirely attractive in appearance, experts often resort to coloring it. So, when processed into blue colors, chaolite becomes similar to turquoise, and when processed in red colors, it looks like coral.

Description and magical properties

The blue mineral is also called turquenite. In addition, it is known as pressed turquoise, although it has nothing in common with it, or caulite. This name has been stuck since the 70s of the last century. It is worth noting that the mineral is quite rare in nature. The largest deposits are located in the USA (California), Eastern Canada, Serbia and Scotland. Howlite is mainly used in jewelry and for making decorative crafts. Its weight can vary from a few grams to hundreds of kilograms. The largest howlite stone was found in California – its mass was 500 kg. And the discovery of the mineral belongs to the geologist Henry Gove, in whose honor it was named. The magical properties of caulite have been well studied by astrologers. White color signifies purity and human dignity. Therefore, white turquenite helps to cope with anxious thoughts and “put out” anger. The mineral is especially popular among dream interpreters. It is believed that turkenite helps to remember and then correctly decipher dreams. Magicians and shamans meditate with the stone in order to travel into past lives. Howlite is applied to the place of the “third eye”, and then it reveals some information from the past incarnation. The mineral is considered a talisman for students. Turquenite helps its owner to easily master new knowledge and awakens interest in science. Patronizes those who have connected their lives with learning. He constantly pushes his owner to improve himself. It is recommended to take an amulet made of stone with you to an interview for work or study. Turkenite helps to make the best impression on the examiner/employer. The stone is also known for its calming abilities. Turkenite relieves tension, helps you relax and forget about worries. Its owners are constantly in a comfortable emotional state, which is reflected in their lives. By the way, astrologers recommend placing howlite products in an office with a tense environment. They relieve communication difficulties and help colleagues find a common language. Howlite, among other things, helps to get rid of a difficult past. It relieves you of mental pain, unnecessary connections, and depressing past events. Thanks to this, the owner of the stone gains confidence in himself and his future.

Healing properties

Lithotherapists note the healing properties of howlite stone. Since the chemical composition of the mineral includes calcium, it is used to treat diseases of the osteoarticular system. Constantly wearing the mineral maintains the required level of the element in the body and helps the rapid healing of fractures. Howlite talisman is recommended for use by pregnant women. Turquenite has a calming effect on the entire body and relieves muscle tension. It is used to reduce pain associated with a nervous disorder. Howlite beads and bracelets have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the heart and help cope with stressful situations. It also relieves ulcers and rashes caused by nervousness. Crushed caulite is drunk to relieve insomnia, relieve nervous tension, treat pain in teeth and joints, for seizures and to normalize the endocrine system. It is worth saying that turquenite is often used for massage. It retains heat well, and therefore has a beneficial effect on the joints. In the zodiac sphere, there are 4 zodiac signs who need Turkenite – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn and Scorpio. From the first days they will feel the beneficial effects of the stone. The mineral will endow each of the listed signs with perseverance and help in achieving their goals. However, Turkenite is not suitable for all representatives of the zodiac circle. So, the zodiac sign Aries should not acquire this stone, however, like Sagittarius and Leo. The mineral will bring misfortune and depression to these representatives of the fire element. But the rest of the zodiac signs can fearlessly wear howlite jewelry. This calm mineral will not harm its owner. In this article we will talk about what you need to pay attention to when buying turquoise and what tests you can try to identify a fake. What to look for when observing the appearance: Color can vary from bright blue to green and brownish-green (blue color is created by copper compounds, and the amount of water, aluminum and phosphorus determines the presence of other shades), but find turquoise with a perfectly uniform and It is very rare to find one in a single color. If you see beads of a uniform color and their cost is less than several thousand dollars, most likely they are pressed and dyed. The matrix can be black, brown, yellow and other colors, but it is always at a different height with the turquoise, which creates a relief: drag along the surface of the stone, if you catch on the place where the matrix meets the turquoise, this is a good indicator. You should also pay attention to the price: if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you see a string of perfectly matching beads of the same uniform color, remember that it is very difficult to find something like this in nature and such specimens would be very expensive. Only a gemologist can tell you exactly whether your turquoise is natural, but if you want to make sure at home, there are a number of tests: — Scratch test. Most tests are quite destructive to the stone itself; the scratch test is the least dangerous if the bead is tested on a part other than the most visible part of the stone. Turquoise is a naturally soft stone, but howlite is even softer: this may mean that if the stone scratches too easily, you likely have howlite.
Pin test. It involves heating a pin and placing it on the surface of the stone – the smell of hot plastic will indicate that the beads have been treated with polymers or are imitation. Solvent soak test. Soak the bead in a strong solvent such as acetone or mineral spirits overnight. If the turquoise has been dyed, some of the dye will end up in the solvent. Break test. A destructive method that can be used if you have loose pieces of turquoise. There will be no white voids inside real turquoise, the color will be uneven and combine various shades of blue, whitish, green and matrix. There are also more professional testing options (possible if equipment is available): — Mohs hardness test. One of the most effective tests. The hardness of turquoise is 5-6, magnesite 3,5-4,5, and howlite 3,5. — Magnifying glass test. Look at samples through a magnifying glass for air bubbles or small cracks – air bubbles indicate the object is made of glass, small cracks may indicate synthetic turquoise or imitation from other materials. If possible, you can look at the stone through a Chelsea color filter: if the color appears slightly pink under the filter, it is most likely variscite, if pinkish-red, it is howlite.

Bonus: Can processed turquoise be considered natural?

Natural turquoise may be sold as mined (these specimens are typically fragile and are not used for jewelry), stabilized (the beads may be coated with wax or epoxy resin to reduce the likelihood of the stone breaking during the cutting process), or dyed and treated . As long as this processing is mentioned, turquoise can still be listed as natural, although many unscrupulous sellers do not indicate additional coloring and processing in the information. We are completing a series of articles about turquoise: we learned what types and varieties of turquoise there are, what colors its body and matrix are, how turquoise is processed, what stabilized and processed turquoise is and how to identify a fake. If you still have any questions, leave a comment.

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