Howlite is a snow-white marble-like crystal with irregular gray mineral veins. Howlite is most commonly found in California but was discovered in Canada. Very rarely will you find Howlite in crystal formations. It is usually found in nodules resembling cauliflower heads. It is a relatively soft stone but it is found in tumbled stones, polished figurines and jewelry pieces.
Surface Color: White, Gray
Streak Color(can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): White
Cleavage(where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): None
Fracture: Conchoidal (clam-like concave like when glass breaks) to Even
Luster: Dull, sometimes Vitreous (glassy)
Transparency: Translucent in thin splinters (allows light through the crystal but not fully transparent) otherwise Opaque
Crystal System: Monoclinic (Three axes, all of them are unequal in length. Two of them are at right angles to each other, while the third is lies at an angle other than 90°)
Crystal Habit: Nodules (resembling cauliflowers)
Healing Properties of Howlite
Howlite can slow the overactive mind and help you achieve a deep and restful sleep.
Meditating with Howlite can help you to connect with the higher realms, allowing you to connect with your path in this life.
Howlite is a soothing stone for the mind, helping to reduce anger.
Use during spiritiual regressions to help access past lives.
Howlite helps balance the Crown Chakra.
Personal Experience with Howlite
I am not attracted to pure white stones, but I love Howlite because of its unique gray inclusions. My first experience with Howlite was many years ago when I offloaded a whole box of rough California Howlite stones from a vendor at a Gem Show. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, but they were so cool. To think that these snow white stones came from the dirty earth! Over the years, my box of Howlite has been sold, gifted and some still reside in the soil of my potted plants.
Howlite makes gorgeous and versatile jewelry pieces for its unisex appeal. The handsome stone takes a nice polish and can be found in all sorts of jewelry pieces from necklaces to bracelets to cufflinks. Here at Satin Crystals, our Howlite bracelets are one of the most popular both for its look and its healing properties.
Because Howlite is a porous stone, it is easy to dye and is often found in a lot of gaudy colors passed off as other gemstones. Please always buy from reputable gem dealers and if you want real Howlite, it should always be in its white formation!