It’s worth a few minutes to peruse a howardite just for the textures – viewing it in hand or with a loupe or ‘scope like we do here. Howardites are the compacted soil of the asteroid Vesta. They are a mixture of fragmented rock that has been excavated – from both shallow and deep – mixed and lithified by impacts. Breccias. Some are highly shocked overall. Those might take a good polish but for our purposes can look dark and unappealing up close. This one has a clean appearance.