This is a powerful stone of great purity that protects the gentle people. Obsidian jewellery protects the sensitive from depression and promotes stability and balance.
What is Obsidian and where does it come from?
Obsidian is present wherever there is volcanic activity. It is formed by rapidly calling volcanic larva that prevents normal crystalisation and instead produces a glassy or mirror-like appearance. These mirrors are thought to possess great magical properties, a factor that has lead to the stone being named the Wizard Stone. Most usually black in colour sometimes white crystals of cristobalite form exquisite patterns in the obsidian that resemble snowflakes. This is a very popular variation for jewellery and is known, understandably, as snowflake obsidian. Afghanistan, Mexico, USA, Italy, Iceland and Scotland all have significant deposits of this useful gemstone.
History and Cultural Significance
When broken obsidian forms sharp edges, a property that has been exploited by numerous civilisations since the early Stone Age. A blade was recently discovered in Mexico that was fashioned from obsidian in 21,000BC. The Aztecs also used obsidian to manufacture spearheads and swords. More recently the Apache’s mined large quantities from Obsidian Cliff in Arizona to use as arrow heads, popularly known as ‘Apache Tears.’ The stone has had a wide range of uses in folklore medicine and is said to aid detoxification and improve vision. It has a stabilising and grounding influence and snowflake obsidian has been used as an aid to overcome trauma.
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