We have two types of Soapstone – Brazilian and Indian
We have been providing the world’s most beautiful Soapstone from our quarries in Brazil and India since 1978
Soapstone is one of the most popular and common mediums for sculpturing in stone. It is prized for the brilliant pure and mixed colors which form when other minerals leach into the main mineral of soapstone which is talc. Soapstone is also known for its soapy feeling as well as its ease of carving.
Physical Characteristics & Composition
Soapstone is actually a steatite stone and the primary minerals consist of talc, magnesite carbonates, dolomite, and chlorite silicates as well as other minor minerals like mica, tremolite quartz, magnetite or iron compounds.
Pure talc consists of the elements magnesium, silicon, hydrogen and oxygen. The mineral composition of talc varies considerably due to impurities.
Soapstone is softer then most stones because of the high talc content. There is no fixed hardness because the amount of talc it contains varies widely, from as little as 30% for construction grades to as much as 80% for carving grades. The hardness of soapstone on the Moh scale is generally between 1.0 – 2.0.
Color Varieties of Brazilian Soapstone
Every soapstone rock has its own unique colour tone, and no two stones are identical. We provide a multitude of different shades with our Brazilian Soapstone – greens, greys, browns and multi-colours. Inside each stone you will find different lines and patterns as well as pure deep colours as well. Our multi-colour stones have many different dominant colours, often with patterns running through them.