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Most often formed in the intense heat and pressure around tectonic plates, soapstone takes its name from its soft, smooth feel—like a dry bar of soap. It holds temperature so well it’s used as whiskey stones to cool drinks: Native Americans carried heated soapstone pebbles as handwarmers in winter. Most commonly found in grey, blue, green and brown shades, sometimes laced with delicate veins, soapstone is an elegant, subtle stone available in a rich wealth of colours. Soft and easy to carve, it’s not porous, absorbent or responsive to heat, making it a practical and stylish choice for sinks, countertops, vanities and more.