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Obsidian

Obsidian, Snowflake Gemstone Properties 

Design Possibilities

Think of a night so dark everything seems to have disappeared. The moon is gone, the stars and planets are gone. Even the house around you has been swallowed up by blackness. With a flashlight, you look out the window and see great white flakes of snow floating to earth. That's the look of snowflake obsidian. It's actually volcanic glass that has formed as lava quickly cools. Its snowflake appearance is produced by internal crystallites. Also referred to as flowering obsidian, snowflake obsidian is found primarily in Utah. For an unusually beautiful necklace with a sophisticated flare, combine snowflake obsidian beads with black matte Delica and rock crystal beads interspersed with Renaissance spacers. With snowflake obsidian, you can have the best of two worlds: the sophistication of black and white and the natural beauty of snow falling around you.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

If you grew up where snow floated down in huge, beautiful flakes, you understand how snowflake obsidian connects us to our earliest, happiest memories. Remember how wonderful it was to be snowed-in? Shut off from the outside world's demands and distractions, you watched the snow quietly fill the world around you. All was well. You felt safe and protected. That's the sense of things snowflake obsidian can give us. Like a sky full of beautiful snowflakes, it restores something: a deep, abiding sense of protection and reverence.
Mineral Information Volcanic, amorphous, siliceous glass
Color Black with white inclusions
Hardness 5 - 5-1/2
Specific Gravity 2.3-2.6
Refractive Index 1.48-1.51

Obsidian, Mahogany Gemstone Properties  

Design Possibilities

Imagine a fine piece of furniture. Mahogany. Think of it polished so it gleams like glass. That's the look of mahogany obsidian. Obsidian is glass, in fact--volcanic glass that cooled before it crystallized. Obsidian has a long history. Stone Age people used it for weapons and implements. Native Americans formed it into arrowheads, and the Incas used it for weapons, mirrors and masks, before, finally, it was used to create beautiful jewelry. This particular obsidian is so distinctively beautiful it's a shame to use it for anything but jewelry. Pick your favorite bone pendant, some bugle and gold-filled (or liquid gold) beads, add mahogany obsidian-you'll have created a necklace that has an elegant, gleaming magic about it.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Obsidian is a powerful stone that reminds us that birth and death are simultaneously and constantly present, one within the other. It has always been associated with guardian spirits that watch over us. Earlier peoples drew on that protective power in weapons they made from obsidian. Today people who wear it often speak of a sense of protection. Mahogany obsidian, in particular, is said to increase sexuality and sensuality--the sense of touch, especially. It's as if the memory of the volcano's eruption, connected with its birth, is at the core of this gemstone's tremendous power.
Mineral Information Volcanic, amorphous, siliceous glass
Color Black with red-brown (mahogany) streaks
Hardness 5 - 5-1/2
Specific Gravity 2.3-2.6
Refractive Index 1.48-1.51

**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. NEED4BEAD does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.