Pinolith or Pinolite was actually first discovered in 1873.
It comes from only one location in the world-the magnesite deposit at Sunk, Hohentauern, Niedere Tauern, Styria, Austria.
Pinolith was mined in WWII for its high manganese content.
It is a metamorphic rock containing magnesite as white crystals in a gray dolomite and graphite matrix.
It is named Pinolith or Pinolite because the magnesite inclusions resemble pine cones in shape.
This material is a 3.5 to 4.5 hardness and quite stunning when polished.
It is believed that Pinolith is a calming stone that helps reduce feelings of loneliness, stress and anxiety. It also might help with insomnia.