Obsidian Gemstone Meaning

A powerful protection stone, the Obsidian crystal stone meaning helps you identify your dark shadow side so that its healing properties can clear it away from your psyche. Instead of hiding from darker energies, Obsidian shines a light on the negativity and clears it away, helping us to choose the path leading towards light and love. Harnessing the masculine energy, the pyrite crystal meaning is a symbol of abundance and prosperity, which makes it an excellent addition to your office or workspace decor. Gaze upon the stone and remember your intention and its powerful healing properties. Obsidian stone that is natural and uncut is very reflective with sharp edges and very smooth. How to Use Obsidian: A large piece of Obsidian can help block geopathic stress or soak up any environmental pollution. Place under the bed or pillow to draw out any mental stress and tension, which may help to have a calming effect. Obsidian is a glassy black crystal with powerful grounding properties. To the stone’s holder, that dark glossy surface is a source of strength and clarity. Mirror-like in bearing, the shiny pellet of silica uses its cooled magma glaze to send energy-moderating vibrations straight to the soul of its owner.

Golden Sheen Obsidian History

Is Obsidian A Lucky Stone

Obsidian gets its English name from a mistranslation of Natural History by Pliny the Elder (the guy who died at Pompeii):
'Among the various kinds of glass, we may also reckon Obsian glass, a substance very similar to the stone which Obsius [mistranslated as Obsidius] discovered in Æthiopia. This stone is of a very dark color, and sometimes transparent ... Many persons use it for jewelery, and I myself have seen solid statues in this material of the late Emperor Augustus .... Xenocrates says that Obsian stone is found in India also, and in Samnium in Italy; and that it is a natural product of Spain, upon the coasts which border on the Ocean.'
Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed in swiftly cooling lava that has a high silica content. It is not considered a true mineral, as it does not have an entirely consistent chemical content and it does not form crystals.Color in obsidian varies, depending on impurities in the parent lava formation. Golden sheen obsidian is formed when patterns of gas bubbles are aligned along layers created by the flowing lava before it solidified.The chemical make-up of obsidian also varies among volcanic sources--sometimes even different eruptions of the same volcano have different chemical types. This makes obsidian tools or weapons a valuable resource to archaeologists for tracking trade routes or dating graves and settlements, as their source volcano and eruption can be determined through analysis.

Golden Sheen Obsidian Metaphysical Properties

Golden sheen obsidian is believed, by crystal practitioners, to be particularly suitable for scrying. It is also thought to be ideal for balancing energy fields and releasing the ego. The reflective nature of obsidian makes it one of the first stones used in self-reflective meditation, internal growth and self-understanding. The stone is not thought to give energy, but to help seekers discover where healing needs to happen.Golden sheen obsidian is affiliated with the root chakra, though it is said to have applications to the solar plexus and third eye chakras. It is assigned to the western astrological sign Sagittarius.

Golden Sheen Obsidian Geological Properties

Obsidian has a conchoidal fracture pattern due to its rapid cooling, making it easy to split and flake into pieces with curved surfaces that have very sharp edges. Newly split pieces of obsidian have an extremely high luster. Obsidian is considered an extrusive rock because it usually forms above the earth's surface as a result of coming into contact with cold air or water.Obsidian cleaves easily, flaking off into ultra-sharp fragments of glass. As such, it was used for millennia for cutting, slicing and scraping. In Eurasia, earliest use dates back to the Neolithic age in the Levant; in the Americas, obsidian was extensively used for sophisticated surgical tools as well as weaponry up until first contact with the Spanish. Even today, it is used in surgical scalpels more narrow and precise than the finest surgical steel.Significant deposits of obsidian are found in volcanic areas across the world, including Central and South America, and in North America west of the Mississippi River (as well as in Alaska and Hawaii). Yes, there's obsidian right here in Oregon.Obsidian
Mineral InformationVolcanic, amorphous, siliceous glass
Chemical CompositionSiO2 (approximately 70%) with a range of other trace elements (usually MgO and Fe3O4)
ColorBlack, dark brown or dark grey with iridescent golden shimmer
Hardness5 to 5-1/2 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity2.3 - 2.6
Refractive Index1.48 - 1.51

Proper Care of Golden Sheen Obsidian

A mid-range stone in terms of overall hardness, golden sheen obsidian cleaves easily. Therefore, avoid using ultrasonic or steam cleaners with it. Use warm soapy water and a soft cotton cloth to wipe down golden sheen obsidian, and remove any traces of body oils or perspiration. Store separately in a box or padded bag to prevent damage.To learn more about golden sheen obsidian and other gemstones, order your copy of Walter Schumann's revised and expanded edition of Gemstones of the World.

Designing with Golden Sheen Obsidian

Black Obsidian Gemstone Meaning

Black and gold are a timeless pairing--and golden sheen obsidian proves their elegance, too. The golden shimmer over black means this obsidian variant pairs beautifully with a range of yellow or golden gemstone beads, as well as golden findings and settings.A subtle stone, golden sheen obsidian can be overwhelmed by bold color combinations. While available in a range of sizes, large cabochons and flat beads showcase its beauty best. This subtle color combination makes golden sheen obsidian a great seller in men's and unisex designs, while remaining popular in women's styles.As obsidians can cleave easily into flakes of ultra-sharp glass, this stone is not recommended for anklets, rings, bracelets or other jewelry uses which are likely to take impact. Remove obsidian jewelry before engaging in physical activity.View design inspirations featuring golden sheen obsidian in the Gallery of Designs

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.


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In the days of Ancient Rome Warrior Obsian brought from Ethiopia to the capital of the empire dark shiny stones, which have since became known as obsidian.

A natural volcanic glass, obsidian forms when lava solidifies so quickly than mineral crystals do not have time to grow. However, most obsidian is similar in composition to rhyolite, and is commonly found on the outer edges of rhyolite domes and flowes. Like rhyolite, obsidian can show flow-banding. It is also found along the rapidly cooled edges of dykes and sills.

Obsidian is typically jet-black, although the presence of hematite (iron oxide) produces red and brown varieties, and the inclusion of tiny gas bubbles can create a golden sheen.
Obsidian stones are the volcanic glass, and are black, gray, yellow, brown or red colors. Brown with black stones are called inclusions Persiani , and gray-white – “snowflake” obsidian . For the characteristic brilliance obsidian called “the bottle stone”.

Spherical clusters of radially arranged, needle-like crystals called spherulites in snowflake obsidian can form through devitrification after the rock has cooled. Pitchstone obsidian has a resinous lustre that form as the rock absorbs water over time.

Early as Paleolithic made of obsidian arrowheads, knives and scrapers.

Because obsidian is slightly harder than window glass and has a conchoidal fracture, allowing it to be chipped with razor-sharp edges, it was used by Native Americans and many other ancient peoples to create weapons, tools, and ornaments. The Aztecs and Greeks used it for mirrors because it was so reflective. It was widely traded along ancient routes, and by studying the properties of obsidian artefacts, archaeologists can determine both the source of the material and the routes along wich it was traded.

Today inserts obsidian decorate jewelry. Out of this stone make pendants and pendants. It is still cut as a semi-precious stone now.

Mount Hekla in Iceland, the Eolie Islands off the coast of Italy, and Obsidian Cliff in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, are well-known occurences of obsidian.


The ancient Hindus believed that black obsidian holds the human body the energy of the Earth. Obsidian absorbs bad intentions, and therefore can be used as an amulet, which helps a person understand their weaknesses. Obsidian protects people from illegal acts, thus saving from sin.

Obsidian is volcanic gem, so people who wear amulets of this stone, not afraid of any changes, external and internal. They are always ready to take a new look at the world.

In India black iridescent obsidian connected with the Muladhara chakra, the energy which belongs to the Earth. Obsidian was revered as a stone-cleaner to help combat the various negative phenomena at the level of the physical body. Obsidian can resolve “energy tubes”.
On the recommendation of the famous lithotherapist Kathryn Raphael for the energy charge of the body obsidian put on the groin or the navel. Pieces of obsidian, along the central line of the body, contribute to the equalization of energy meridians. It is useful, in its opinion, placed near the obsidian small crystals rock crystal ; latter help to combat mental and emotional “blocks”.

It believed rosary beads and pendants from obsidian have a positive effect on the stomach and colon, as well as stimulate the kidney, stabilize blood pressure and strengthen the immune system.


Sign of obsidian gemstone are Capricorn. It is also recommended to wear jewelry from obsidian Gemini, Leo, Aquarius and Sagittarius.

Obsidian Gemstone Meaning

Not fit such jewelry Cancers and Virgo.