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Howlite Beads (19)

There are many facets to a stone’s value, and not all have to do with cost. Less costly stones can provide real value for crafters because of their appeal, usefulness, and flexibility in jewelry designs. You’ll find all of these and more in our howlite gemstone beads, including our turquoise Howlite Beads.

Off White Howlite Beads Plain 5mm Rounds, 14" length, 69 pcs

Off White Howlite Beads Plain 5mm Rounds, 14" length, 69 pcs

$8.04
$6.00

Approx. Strand Length 14" | Approx. Bead Size 5mm | Approx. pieces 69

6mm Howlite faceted rondelle beads 15 inch 99 pieces

6mm Howlite faceted rondelle beads 15 inch 99 pieces

$12.00

Approximates: 6mm diameter 15 inch strand of approx. 99 beads

3.5-4mm Turquoise Howlite faceted rondelle beads 13 inch 105 pieces

3.5-4mm Turquoise Howlite faceted rondelle beads 13 inch 105 pieces

$10.00

3.5-4mm approximate measure for these Turquoise Howlite faceted rondelle beads presented on a 13 inch strand of 105 pieces.

3.5mm Howlite faceted rondelle beads 13 inches 135 pieces

3.5mm Howlite faceted rondelle beads 13 inches 135 pieces

$15.00

3.5mm Howlite faceted rondelle beads 13 inches 135 pieces are approximate measurements and counts.

4x4x2-5x5x2mm Turquoise Howlite Plain Square Beads 8 inch 40 pieces

4x4x2-5x5x2mm Turquoise Howlite Plain Square Beads 8 inch 40 pieces

$20.10
$15.00

measures approximately 4x4x2mm to 5x5x2mm on the 8 inch strand of 40 pieces Color Treated Howlite

2.5-3mm Turquoise Howlite faceted rondelle beads 13 inch 125 pieces

2.5-3mm Turquoise Howlite faceted rondelle beads 13 inch 125 pieces

$10.00

2.5-3mm approximate measure for these Turquoise Howlite faceted rondelle beads presented on a 13 inch strand of 125 pieces.

12mm White Howlite Plain Bullet Beads, 16 inch

12mm White Howlite Plain Bullet Beads, 16 inch

$12.00

Length 16 inch strand Approx. Bead Size 12x7mm

Turquoise Blue Howlite Flat Slab and Chip Beads 17 inch

Turquoise Blue Howlite Flat Slab and Chip Beads 17 inch

$32.16
$24.00

approximate size varies greatly from strand to strand with average slice size of 36x28mm and chip size from 7x4 - 15x7mm on the 17 inch strand of 8...

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Turquoise Blue Howlite Slab and Chip Beads 17 inch

Turquoise Blue Howlite Slab and Chip Beads 17 inch

$24.00

approximate size varies greatly from strand to strand with average slice size of 36x28mm and chip size from 7x4 - 15x7mm on the 17 inch strand of 8...

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Turquoise Howlite Faceted Nugget Beads 15 inches 24 pieces

Turquoise Howlite Faceted Nugget Beads 15 inches 24 pieces

$53.60
$40.00

strands vary in size from 7x7x6mm up to 9x9x8mm 15 inches 24 beads

6mm Turquoise Howlite plain round Silver plated Chain by the foot 26 pieces

6mm Turquoise Howlite plain round Silver plated Chain by the foot 26 pieces

$8.00

6mm Turquoise Howlite plain round Silver plated Chain sold by the foot having approximately with 26 pieces per foot.

6mm Turquoise Howlite plain round Gold plated Chain by the foot 26 pieces

6mm Turquoise Howlite plain round Gold plated Chain by the foot 26 pieces

$7.00

6mm Turquoise Howlite plain round Gold plated Chain sold by the foot having approximately with 26 pieces per foot.

8x8mm Dyed Turquoise Howlite faceted pillow beads 13.5 inch 37 pieces

8x8mm Dyed Turquoise Howlite faceted pillow beads 13.5 inch 37 pieces

$35.00

Approximates: 8x8mm Dyed Turquoise Howlite faceted pillow beads 13.5 inch 37 pieces

8x8-9x9mm Dyed Turquoise Howlite faceted pillow beads 14 inch 34 pieces

8x8-9x9mm Dyed Turquoise Howlite faceted pillow beads 14 inch 34 pieces

$38.00

Approximates: 8x8-9x9mm Dyed Turquoise Howlite faceted pillow beads 14 inch 34 pieces

9.5x9.5mm Dyed Turquoise Howlite faceted pillow beads 13.5 inch 31 pieces

9.5x9.5mm Dyed Turquoise Howlite faceted pillow beads 13.5 inch 31 pieces

$40.00

Approximates: 9.5x9.5mm Dyed Turquoise Howlite faceted pillow beads 13.5 inch 31 pieces

7.5x6-10x6mm Dyed Turquoise Howlite faceted rectangle beads 33 pieces

7.5x6-10x6mm Dyed Turquoise Howlite faceted rectangle beads 33 pieces

$40.00

Approximates: 7.5x6-10x6mm Dyed Turquoise Howlite faceted rectangle beads 33 pieces

10mm Turquoise Blue Howlite Heshi Beads 15 inch 85 pieces

10mm Turquoise Blue Howlite Heshi Beads 15 inch 85 pieces

$26.80
$20.00

approximate 10mm average diameter on the 15 inch strand of 85 pieces

Howlite Beads Corner Drilled 8-10mm Cube

Howlite Beads Corner Drilled 8-10mm Cube

$16.08
$12.00

Approx. Length 16 inch / Approx. Bead Size 8-10mm

6mm Howlite Plain Disc Beads, 16 inch

6mm Howlite Plain Disc Beads, 16 inch

$10.72
$8.00

Length 16 inch | Approx. Bead Size 6x2mm


Howlite has only been found in a few places. It was first discovered in Nova Scotia, which is one of a handful of locations where it’s been detected in eastern Canada. The next group of deposits was at the far side of the continent, with several sites in southern California and one in Nevada. The only other mine containing howlite is in Turkey.

Typically howlite is found in nodule form, and crystal howlite is an alternative and less common variation.

Getting affordable beads online is easy with the Bead Traders, since we buy beads in volume, meaning you save money on purchasing beads and beading supplies every time you shop with us.

A Diamond in the Rough: Howlite’s Discovery

History is full of errors and unappreciated discoveries, which are only later revealed to be value. Howlite beads have a history of mistaken identity. About 150 years ago, a Canadian scientist was contacted by miners who didn’t think much of an unusual mineral. They were extracting gypsum and found themselves working around a strange substance that defied contemporary description.

The miners got in contact with Henry How, a mineralogist. He determined that the stone was something entirely new and previously undiscovered, and he gave it a proper scientific name of “silico-boro-calcite.” It was subsequently renamed “howlite” in his honor, and the name carries forward in our howlite beads.

An Excellent Substitute for Turquoise

Many ascribe magical and spiritual powers to gemstones, and howlite beads are capable of remarkable transformative capabilities. Howlite’s porous nature readily accepts a rainbow of colors. From its pale beginnings, the stone can be dyed into substitutes for sought-after turquoise howlite beads. Your customers and friends will enjoy the beauty of turquoise and the satisfaction of significant savings.

Crafters Have Many Options

We proudly offer a wide range of howlite beads to give you many crafting options. This highly adaptable stone is available in slabs and chips. Also available is a wealth of bead types including heshi, round, bullet shaped, and rice beads. Our howlite is characterized by fine black lines that run through the stone in thin, distinctive patterns included in our turquoise howlite beads.

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