Soapstone

Astrological Association: Sagittarius

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Hardness: Varies from 1 – 6.5 depending on transformations when it is heated to extreme temperatures

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Description: composed primarily of talc along with lesser amounts of Chlorite and Amphiboles (a silicate mineral)

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Also Known As: Steatite

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Due to its great resistance to heat, soapstone has many applications.  This stone has been used by numerous professionals including welders, sculptors, artists, fabricators, builders and even seamstresses.

The outer layers of  The “Christ Redeemer” Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are made of Soapstone because of its durability and ease of application.

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