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Black Obsidian Point 11.4cm
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This gorgeous Black Obsidian Point measuring 11.4cm tall displays a glistening black hue.
Black Obsidian is similar in appearance to other black stones such as Black Tourmaline, Jet, and Onyx.
Please note: this piece displays some small natural pits on its otherwise smooth, polished surface.
What Is Black Obsidian Made Of?
Black Obsidian is a volcanic glass: technically, it is not a mineral, but may be classed as a mineraloid.
Black Obsidian is mostly composed of silicon dioxide, and the black colour of the stone comes from inclusions and impurities such as iron and magnesium/magnetite.
Other forms of Obsidian include: Snowflake Obsidian, Sheen Obsidian, Rainbow Obsidian, and Fire Obsidian.
How Is Black Obsidian Made?
Mineraloids are substances that look like minerals but do not display crystals (a key property of minerals): the unique formation process of Black Obsidian explains why it can be considered a mineraloid.
Obsidian is formed when a volcano erupts lava, and the lava cools so rapidly that there is not enough time for crystals to grow.
Therefore, Obsidian is not crystalline, and is consequently not classed as a mineral.
Where Does Black Obsidian Come From?
Black Obsidian can be found in many countries worldwide including the USA (for example, Oregon), Mexico, Greece, Japan, Turkey, and Kenya.
Black Obsidian History
Use of Black Obsidian by humans can be traced back thousands of years in many civilisations worldwide.
The stone was named Obsidian after the Roman Obsius, who discovered the stone in Kenya, but Obsidian was used for many years before this.
Black Obsidian Weapons And Tools
In the Stone Age, Obsidian was used to make Obsidian blades and arrowheads: these sharp tools were used on the battlefield.
Obsidian was used to make many other tools apart from weapons: in Mesoamerican civilisations such as Aztec society, Obsidian was used to make plates and other tools.
Obsidian was also used for decorative purposes, to make decorative bowls for example, and on Easter Island, Obsidian was used to make the eyes of the Moai statues.
Black Obsidian Mirrors
Black Obsidian was also used to make mirrors due to its reflective properties, and these mirrors often had spiritual purposes.
The Aztecs used Black Obsidian to make scrying mirrors, which they used for spiritual purposes such as inducing prophetic visions, shamanic rituals, and connecting with the deity Tezcatlipoca, an Aztec God whose name means "Smoking Mirror" in reference to the Obsidian mirror often depicted as part of imagery of the deity.
The famous magician John Dee owned one such Black Obsidian scrying mirror, which he used to attempt to connect with spirits.
Black Obsidian Crystal Healing Properties
Black Obsidian is a very spiritually powerful stone and an especially powerful protection stone.
Black Obsidian exudes strong fire energy and earth energy: forged in the fires of volcanic lava, this stone is one of power, vitality, and strength.
Black Obsidian Chakras
Black Obsidian is said by crystal healers to resonate strongly with the Root Chakra.
Therefore, Black Obsidian is believed to be a very grounding and protective stone which absorbs and repels negative energy: it is perfect for when one needs to feel cleansed and grounded.
Black Obsidian can also be used with the higher chakras, particularly with the Third Eye Chakra: this deeply spiritual stone is great for spiritual work such as connecting with the psychic world, accessing visions, and aiding meditation to experience clarity of mind and spirit.
How Hard Is Black Obsidian?
Measuring 5 to 5.5 on the Mohs scale, this mineral is relatively soft and therefore care should be taken to not damage the crystal surface by handling the stone gently and keeping it away from other stones.
To clean the delicate crystal, simply use water and dry it afterwards with a soft cloth.
Be careful when handling broken Obsidian: Obsidian is a glass, and broken Obsidian pieces can therefore have very sharp edges.
Black Obsidian Collections
A piece of Black Obsidian would make a wonderful addition to any crystal collection, especially alongside other black stones like Black Tourmaline.
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