White Howlite bo•koo™ Collar

White Howlite bo•koo™ Collar

from 145.00

Wear it alone or glam it up with bo•koo™ Drop pendants!
Each bo•koo™ Collar is individually handcrafted using 100% Silk thread, double-knotted between each White Howlite bead, paired with micup studios’ artisan {hand-metal forged} bead tips in either 14/20kt Gold-filled or 0.925 Sterling Silver complimenting your bo•koo™ clasp. Each bo•koo™ clasp will vary slightly due to the Artisan hand metal forging process, unique to micup studio design.

  • Collar with clasp dimensions - approximate 17”

  • Clasp dimensions - approximate 18mm - 20mm diameter

This item is made to order. Please allow 5 - 14 business days for creation before shipping.

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SHIPPING & RETURN INFO

Estimated Delivery: Creation lead time is approximately 5 - 14 days from date of purchase
Delivery Type: USPS Priority Mail post {Insurance & tracking are included}
Returns / Exchanges: micup studio does NOT accept returns or exchanges. If there is an issue with your purchase, please contact me within 3 days after receipt so that we may come to a satisfactory resolution.


MINERAL COMPOSITION

Howlite was named after Henry How (1828-1879), who discovered it in 1868 in Nova Scotia. Henry How was a Canadian chemist, geologist and mineralogist who was told of this previously unknown mineral by gypsum quarry miners who found it hampered their mining because it is harder than gypsum. Howlite is a borate mineral, which occurs in Canada and parts of the USA. It forms as irregular nodules which can appear in the shape of a cauliflower head. Transparent howlite crystals are extremely rare and are small (the largest documented howlite crystals are 1 cm long), but the nodules can occur in masses of over 50 kilograms.

Howlite has the appearance of white marble or porcelain with a sub-vitreous luster. It is typically opaque white or grayish white with fine grey or black or brown intersecting vine-like or skin-like veins. It is usually found in borax deposits.

Howlite is best known for imitating other gemstones. Due to its porous nature, Howlite can absorb dye well, which means it can be sold as turquoise, red coral, or lapis lazuli.

ORIGINS

Although Howlite was first discovered in Canada, most Howlite now comes from California and Los Angeles, USA. Deposits have also been found in Turkey, Germany, Mexico and Russia. Rare transparent Howlite crystals have only been found in two places; Tick Canyon, California and Iona, Nova Scotia.

LEGENDS AND LORE

Howlite is commonly used to make decorative objects such as small carvings or jewelry components. Because of its porous texture, howlite can be easily dyed to imitate other minerals, especially turquoise because of the superficial similarity of the veining patterns. Howlite is also sold in its natural state, sometimes under the trade names of "white turquoise" or "white buffalo turquoise," or the derived name "white buffalo stone" and is used to produce jewelry similar to how turquoise is used.

Howlite is said to balance calcium levels and strengthen the bones and teeth. It is also thought to be a calming stone that can relieve insomnia, therefore, some insomniacs place a piece of Howlite beneath their pillow to encourage restful sleep. In traditional Hindu belief systems, Howlite is considered to benefit the third eye chakra, and when placed on this chakra, between the brows, it is thought to open up memories of previous lives. Additionally, Howlite is believed to eliminate anger and absorb negative energy.

Even though Howlite is not a birthstone in the traditional or modern birthstone chart, it can be associated with the Zodiac sign of Gemini.