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Soapstone is also known as satiate. It is a metamorphic rock that dates back 300 to 400 million years ago. Soapstone is softer than marble and granite even though they have a similar look to each other. Soapstone is softer because of its high talc content; talc has a definitional value on the Mohs hardness scale. Soapstone can be found in the Appalachian range from Maine to Georgia, deposits have even been found in Vermont and Virginia. Soapstone has many beautiful colors such as:

  • Brown
  • White
  • Black
  • Green
  • Bluish gray

Soapstone Uses

Historical Uses

Some historical facts about soapstone are with it being a raw material the Native Americans would carve it into bowls, pipes, and other small trinkets. The uses for soapstone go back to sculptures form as early as Egyptians using it to carve into scarabs and seals. China and India used it to make beautiful ornaments. Soapstone has been used throughout time for a variety of uses as far back as 8,000 years.

Modern Uses