Geology / History

Obsidian is an igneous rock that forms when molten rock material cools so rapidly that atoms are unable to arrange themselves into a crystalline structure. The result is a volcanic glass with a smooth uniform texture that breaks with a conchoidal fracture.

As a glass Obsidian is chemically unstable. With the passage of time, some Obsidian begins to crystallize. This process does not happen at a uniform rate throughout the rock. Instead it begins at various locations within the rock. At these locations the crystallization process forms radial clusters of white to white/grey Cristobalite crystal Spherulites within the Obsidian. When cut & polished these specimens show a distinct snowflake like pattern caused by the Spherulites. 

Metaphysical Properties

Brings purity, balance, calms & soothes.  Sharpens both external & internal vision. Teaches the value of mistakes as well as successes.  Helps you to recognise & release stressful mental patterns.  Allows you to stay grounded while working with your higher self, by connecting both energies.

Shields from negativity, absorbs anger, fear & stress. Gently brings repressed thoughts & emotions out whether positive or negative. Obsidian is a warrior of truth which reveals the ego. 

Snowflake Obsidian was referred to as the “Book of Laws” stone by Native Americans who believed the mineral was a guardian to the Great Spirit. Shamans often carried this stone as a powerful talisman to avert evil & bring good fortune.

Crystal Healing

Treats veins and the skeleton, improves circulation. 

Mineralogy

Group: Volcanic glass

Crystal System: Amorphous

Composition: 70–75% SiO2 plus MgO, Fe3O4

Form/Habit: Massive

Hardness: 5-6

Cleavage: None

Fracture: Conchoidal

Lustre: Vitreous

Specific Gravity: 2.4

Transparency: Translucent

R.I: 1.450 – 1.550