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You can buy stones that look a lot like gem stones but are really only dyed to get a gemstone effect. Howlite is a white stone commonly dyed to look like more expensive gemstones. Lapis Howlite, for example, is dyed to look like Lapis Lazuli. Similarly, turquoise Howlite is dyed to look a bit like turquoise gem stones. Usually the dying technique on these stones creates a nice effect but sometimes the rinsing of the stones is incomplete. One way to ensure the beauty of Howlite stones is to soak them in the sink with some dish soap before using them in your bead jewelry.