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Obsidian Gemstone

Obsidian (also known as Apache Tears), is a natural amorphous glass. It is in fact the best  known  glassy  rock  created  from  lava  which cooled too quickly to crystallise. It is believed to have been first discovered in Ethiopia and was  named after the Roman solider who first brought it to Europe.

Tiny air bubbles that have been formed in the layers just before the molten rock is cooled create  a golden, and sometimes rainbow-like, vitreous  lustre.  Snowflake Obsidian, which has been so  named due to the white patches (internal bubbles)  of  potassium  Feldspar,  has  the  appearance  of  snowflakes falling from a black sky. Today, it is  seen as one of the main gemstones believed to  enhance the sharpness of the brain and vision.

My own personal assistant Barry Wiggins was  once told to carry a Snowflake Obsidian in his pocket at all times in order to cure his severe  back  pains.  He  was  very  sceptical  about  the  advice, but several months later in desperation  he  decided  to  give  it  a  go.  To  this  day,  his  Snowflake  Obsidian  has  travelled  everywhere  with him and his back problems are becoming a  distant memory. 

In ancient Mexico, Mexicans used the gemstone  to  make  figurines  of  their  god  Trecalipoca.  Around  the  same  period,  it  was  also  used  in  South America to make mirrors.

Obsidian is usually black, dark green or brown,  but can also be found transparent.  It is normally  mined in the USA, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand  and Russia.

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A Snowflake Obsidian bracelet from the Jessica Lili collection