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Howlite is often carved to produce decorative objects. It is a fairly inexpensive
material and large nodules resembling cauliflower heads have been found in California in pieces
as large as 50 kilograms. Though howlite has also been found in Nova Scotia in Canada, most of
the material on the market comes from sites in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties in
Since howlite is fairly porous it can be easily dyed to imitate other minerals.
Due to the distinctive veining, howlite dyed a blue color makes a fairly convincing turquoise
simulant. However howlite is a much softer stone than turquoise. The hardness of turquoise
is 5 to 6 wheras howlite's is only 3.5. Therefore, it can be identified from such inauthentic
turquoise. Howlite has also been dyed deep-blue to simulate lapis lazuli or red to imitate
coral. Howlite is also sold in its natural state, sometimes under the misleading trade names
of white turquoise or white buffalo turquoise, or the derived name white buffalo stone.
Andres gave the bear motion by positioning the head as if the bear was
making sure no other bears were trying to steal its meal. The eyes and the fish are made from
Sleeping beauty turquoise and the eye of the fish is inlaid of jet. The fetish is unsigned which
was common for the artist and family. It was originally purchased in 2002.
If you would like to read more about the Bear's characteristics and attributes click here. And click here to hear "Bear" in Shiwi, the language of Zuni.
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Dimensions: 1 7/8"L x 7/8"T x 3/4"W
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