Obsidian is also known as Apache tears. The dark gemstone is a volcanic rock glass where, according to legend, a North American native is said to have died. It is formed by the rapid cooling of lava or magma, which occurs when the hot flows meet water or glacial ice. Obsidian is found in Africa and the Near East, as well as in some states of the USA, on Easter Island and in New Zealand. Italy, Greece, Spain and Germany are European locations of the mystical gemstone, which was already used in the Stone Age and was also used in ancient ceremonies.
Obsidian: Impact and Significance
People used obsidian as early as the Stone Age, because its sharp-edged fracture makes it ideal for tools. These sharp edges of the gemstone were also used by the Mesoamerican civilizations for performing rituals - for example in sacrificial ceremonies. To protect against the "evil eye" feared in many cultures, Mexican witches still carry it as a protective stone. Modern crystal healing uses obsidian as a source of strength, which is primarily used to process shock or traumatic experiences. Its energies should help to find a person's own reserves of strength. The gem can also help to draw strength for the future from the painful events of the past.
Obsidian: color and transparency
The most common color of obsidian is black, but dark green and brownish nuances are also possible. Inclusions at various stages of magma solidification may allow additional colors, such as the white speckles in snowflake obsidian. Green or dark glass is used to counterfeit the translucent yet opaque stone.
Obsidian: Purify, Discharge and Recharge
The obsidian should be cleaned once a month. For this purpose, it is gently rinsed under running, warm water. The sun or groups of rock crystal unite to give new power to the obsidian.