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The lid of a soapstone box to show the characteristic look of the stone. The lid is 4 inches wide (10 cm).

Soapstone is a very soft mineral consisting mostly of talc. Soapstone which is almost entirely talc is also known as steatite. It may feel soapy when touched, hence the name.

Soapstone is used for inlaid designs, sculpture and for kitchen countertops and sinks. Traditional Inuit carvings often use soapstone. Soapstone is sometimes used for fireplace surrounds because it can absorb and evenly distribute heat while being easy to manufacture.

See also: List of minerals