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What Is Soapstone?

Soapstone (also known as steatite or soaprock) is schist which is a type of metamorphic rock. It is made up mostly of talcum minerals and is thus rich in magnesium. This is produced by dynamothermal metamorphosis and metasomatism, which occur in areas where tectonic plates are subducted, changing stones by heat and pressure, with the ingress of liquid, but without melting. It has been a medium for engraving for thousands of years. Aside from that, if you are interested in a countertop that made of this stone, we recommend you to check out some of the best soapstone countertops Dallas.

In the 21st century BC, Soapstone was used for decorative designs, sculptures, glass coasters, and kitchen countertops and sinks. The Inuit often uses soapstone for traditional carvings. Some Native American tribes and bands make bowls, cooking plates, and other objects from soapstone, historically, this was very common during the late Archaic archaeological period.

Local soapstone excavated was used for gravemarkers in the 19th century Georgian seas around Dahlonega and Cleveland, such as simple field rocks and “slot and tab” graves. Aside from that, the Viking splits soapstone directly from the face of the stone, shaped into cooking pots, and is sold at home and abroad.