Howlite is perhaps best known for being an imitation gemstone, as it can be dyed different colors to look like semi-precious gemstones such as Turquoise and Coral. Even though Howlite is generally inexpensive, it still has plenty of qualities that make it a popular stone for use in jewelry-making. Howlite has a white marble-like appearance with threaded gray, black or brown veins running through it. Some forms of Howlite are just pure white however. Howlite is a porous stone that can absorb dye well, which is why it’s often used to imitate other gems.
When it comes to spiritual and emotional powers, it’s believed that Howlite heightens awareness and patience. Howlite is a calming stone and it can help its wearer to reduce their own levels of stress and anger, as well as anger that is directed towards them. Undyed howlite is often believed to be an excellent stone for meditation, and has been used by practitioners to focus the mind. The grey spidery veins are thought to be like intrusive thoughts, to be acknowledged and then passed by. For this mental calming effect, some believers advocate placing howlite under an insomniac's pillow, to promote serenity of mind and to empty it of distracting thought
Howlite may not be seen as precious as other gemstones; however this is a stone that should be appreciated for its own many qualities. Whether Howlite is tumbled and polished into beads or fashioned into cabochons or other shapes, there are plenty of ways that this stone can influence creative jewelry design.
Howlite is a soft stone, so it can easily be scratched. With its calcium structure, it is also vulnerable to many chemical cleaners, acidic perspiration and damage from sand and dust. To clean howlite, use lukewarm, slightly soapy water and a soft cloth (cotton is best). Rinse well to remove residue and pat dry. If your howlite is dyed, do not immerse the stone. Store howlite wrapped in soft cloth within a separate box or pouch to reduce the likelihood of damage.