Howlite  is naturally white in color, but they are often dyed to imitate Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli.

The charcoal veins in the stones resemble web like structures that are commonly found in Turquoise and due to their porous nature, they can be dyed quite easily.

Turquoise is more expensive than Howlite and this is the reason most people dye Howlite to imitate Turquoise.

Howlite Beads which have been dyed often sell for more than natural white Howlite Beads.

Pronunciation: – the name is pronounced the way it is spelt: “how” “lite”.

Origin: – Howlite stones were first found by a mineralogist named Henry How in the 19th century. 

They were found in Nova Scotia. Today, these stones are commonly mined in California.

The properties of this stone allow it to be molded or carved into Howlite Beads.

Appearance – Howlite Beads are white, grey or brown in their natural state and are laced with charcoal spider web like structures.

When they are polished, they become lustrous.

The composition is quite similar to that of Turquoise, but the absence of copper is responsible for the white color of the stone.

In Turquoise, the presence of copper gives it its green or blue color.

Howlite is soft and takes on rich hues of color when it's dyed, it becomes an inexpensive alternative to more costly stones.

Its natural color is like snow softly falling. Dyed, it looks like luscious lapis lazuli or cherry red coral or a tantalizing turquoise-all gemstones no one would think started out looking like a cauliflower.

Mineral Information Calcium-silicon borate with hydroxyl
Chemical Composition Ca2SiB5O9(OH)5
Color Soft white, grey veining (N); lapis blue, red, turquoise
Hardness 3.5
Refractive Index 1.586-1.609

Natural White and Turquoise Howlite Beads


​​Those who sell Howlite often dye them to resemble Turquoise because Turquoise is a stone that sells for far more than natural Howlite, but, some people also sell Howlite in its natural form.

Whether they are in their natural form or have been dyed, they are perfect for jewelry making projects. 

There are some who believe that Howlite has certain healing powers. Some believe that Howlite can help reduce pain, while others wearing jewelry made out of Howlite can help reduce tension and anxiety.


They are widely available online. You can also find them in jewelry supply outlets and stores.


Since they have a high porosity and low hardness, a lot of care must be taken when handling them.

Here are some things that you could do to protect your Howlite Beads or Howlite jewelry from damage.

- Avoid high temperatures as they can weaken the structure of the beads. This means that apart from sunlight, you must also keep them away from ovens and stoves.

- Because it has a low hardness value, it must be kept away from other gemstones.

- It must be cleaned using lukewarm water with a soft cloth or brush.

- It must be dried thoroughly before it is stored away.

These days, Howlite stones are primarily mined in California and are used for making into beads for necklaces, earrings and pendants.

Rings made from Howlite are also quite popular, but they are quite susceptible to damage. Many people love to create their own jewelry using these beads. Most of these beads can be purchased online, but people need to be careful that they do not overpay if the beads have been dyed.

Howlite Beads are dyed to enhance their look or to imitate other gemstones.

Here are some tips on how to buy Howlite Beads and some things to consider when buying them.

Most manufactures do not disclose to their customers that their beads have been dyed.

Howlite which has been dyed to resemble or imitate other beads often sell for more than what you would pay for a natural white Howlite.

But, the fact is that you are simply buying Howlite which has just been dyed and not the real Turquoise or Lapis.

Today, dyed Howlite is sold under many trade names and some of the main culprits are turquoise Howlite, Turquenite, Howlite Turquoise and Blue Howlite.

Howlite that is dyed red imitates red coral and these can be found under the trade name Red Howlite.

In fact, even people who sell natural Howlite often try to link it to Turquoise by giving it trade names such as White Turquoise, White Buffalo Stone and Buffalo Turquoise.

One thing that people looking to buy Howlite Beads must know that they are in no way related to Turquoise.

**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Beaded Creations® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.