It is a relatively soft type of stone, a form of talc and schist. It is rich in magnesium. It is produced by dynathermal metamorphism that involves tectonic plates subtucting with an influx of fluids without melting. It has also been used for thousands of years as a medium for carving by the Persians, the Native Americans, Indians, and the Chinese. It is soapstone that was named this way for reasons which are crystal clear.
Soapstone was used by the ancients for carving kitchen and household materials as well as decorative objects. Soapstone is used often nowadays as the material for countertops because it doesn’t stain, can stand acidic materials, and it is heat resistant. It is also beautiful and comes in varying shades ranging from near white to a very dark grey. It is a special mineral and has been used for centuries for its varying properties and uses. Soapstone is beloved now as it was then. The earth gives us the most exquisite gifts.
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