(Last Updated on : 27/12/2012)
Obsidian is extremely rich in silica. It is calculated as about 35 to 80 percent and is low in water. Obsidian is made of the same minerals as granite but cooled so quickly that they do not have time to crystallize. Though obsidian is typically jet-black in color, the presence of hematite produces red and brown varieties as well. Obsidian has a glassy lustre and is slightly harder than window glass. The inclusion of tiny gas bubbles may create a golden sheen. Obsidian in attractive and varied colours is used as a semiprecious stone. This gemstone in named after Obsius in Ethiopia as this was discovered him.
Obsidian, an ideal stone for making tools, is in use since Stone Age. The name obsidian is usually associated with a black colored stone but it comes in other colors as well like brown, gray, red, yellow, blue, green and in a clear orange form. The obsidian is also known as snowflake obsidian because of its close resemblance with snowflakes. It is an extrusive igneous rock formed by the fast cooling down of the molten lava. This fragile gemstone is used for having a clear view on any problem. It stabilizes any angry or agitated mind because it acts as a chastiser to the angry mind. This gemstone has been used down the ages and finds its use even in dating and has been a jeweler's favorite for time immemorial.
Obsidian has specific gravity of 2.6 and a hardness rating of 5 to 5.5 on Mohs scale. It is fairly fragile. Sharp blows should be avoided, as it will crack. Obsidian is often used for gaining clear insight into problems. Obsidian stabilizes and is a chastiser. Obsidian is usually used for dating. Obsidian weathers slowly at a uniform rate, and the thickness of the weathered layer is measured microscopically and gauged against known standards to give a date in years. Obsidian has also been used for jewelry for centuries.
Healing effects of Snowflake Obsidian
Snowflake Obsidian is also known by the name Book of Laws Stone. Some people considered Snowflake Obsidian a guardian to the Great Spirit and their culture. This gemstone is also considered a powerful psychic talisman. Shamans often carried this stone. All Obsidians are extremely protective. Snowflake Obsidian is considered especially protective to Women. Obsidian reflects back the faults to the people. It happened clearly. It is said to induce visions and dreams, which reveal the difficult areas of the lives. Natural Healers use Snowflake Obsidian to help with the inner reflection needed to bring real change in difficult areas of our lives. The stone also used to shield the wearer from negativity and grief and purify the soul. Snowflake Obsidian is thought to benefit the intestines and digestive system. Snowflake Obsidian is said to vibrate well with all Chakras, but especially with the first Chakra.
Healing effects of Black Obsidian
Black ObsidianObsidian is considered extremely protective and said to allow no negative energy or negative spirit to enter in the body. In the middle ages, it was thought to drive out demons. It provides protection from negative spirits as well. Obsidian can be polished to a shiny mirror surface. Because of this shiny, mirror surface, Obsidian is attributed with the ability to reflect back true selves to the people. Because of this property, obsidian is said to remove emotional blocks. This is usually said to be a vision stone for use in vision quests and prophetic dreaming. It provides protection and grounding from negative self-image, especially with respect to our physical appearance. It is especially helpful in times of grief. Obsidian was also given as a remedy for snake poison. It is very much useful to combat grief and depression. One can us obsidian if unable to use aquamarine. This is a very strong stone. It should be used sparingly.
Healing effects of Mahogany Obsidian
Mahogany Obsidian is a powerful gemstone, which reflects back the Mahogany Obsidianown flaws. It is said to induce visions and dreams which reveal the own part in the difficult areas of our lives. Natural Healers use the power of Mahogany Obsidian to help with the inner reflection needed to bring real change in difficult areas of our lives. It is thought to vibrate well with all Chakras, but especially with the first Chakra. Mahogany Obsidian is also extremely protective. Wearing this gemstone is thought to improve self-acceptance by removing negative self-talk. It is thought to have special cleansing powers with respect to negativity. Mahogany Obsidian is a gem for decision-making. It may be useful in healing gums. It improves circulation and relieves tension. Obsidian gives a clear insight into problems.