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Snowflake Obsidian is a type of Obsidian that gets its “snowflakes” from inclusions of the white mineral, Cristobalite. This variety of Obsidian is found in North and South America, as well as small localities in Africa and Asia.

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Snowflake Obsidian works to help balance, purify, and ground one's mind, body, and aura. This stone activates our root and third eye chakras, enhancing ones psychic abilities, especially that of past life recall. When meditating with this stone, one will have enhanced vision of previous lives. Each of these lives are shown to you in hopes of expanding your awareness and mental capacity. Our spirit guides will help guide us through this journey filled with endless amounts of knowledge in hopes that we take these lessons and put them to use in our current life. This information you receive is given to you for the sole purpose of solving current life problems. Our guides are trying to show us that we’ve been through issues in previous lives before this one, and we were able to push past them and create stronger, everlasting beings. Connecting to these guides and learning from past lives may be long and challenging, but it’s truly worth it. You may not connect on the first few tries, but its important to continue trying daily. The Council recommends meditating with Petrified Wood and Candle Quartz in conjunction with Snowflake Obsidian. Both these stones are some of the oldest stones we’ve ever worked with and can strengthen the mind to show these angelic beings that we are ready.

Snowflake Obsidian also has the wonderful ability to keep us grounded and balanced. This stone helps connect us deeply to the earth and contains our mind from wandering endlessly. This variety of Obsidian helps keep us focused and determined on the task at hand, while eliminating that inner procrastination that constantly distracts us from getting our work done. Snowflake Obsidian helps slow the mind down and bring it back to reality, it's a perfect stone for anyone who tends to constantly find themselves in a “day-dream” state.

If your someone who is working on trying to break a bad habit, Snowflake Obsidian can drastically help you. This stone will first work to purify and strengthen your mind, trying to eliminate whatever patterns of bad habits it can. This Obsidian variety will show you first hand that if you are not constantly thinking about it or allowing this bad vice to consume your mind, then you are strong enough to look past it. By purifying your mind and allowing it to stay focused and grounded, anything then becomes possible. Anyone who is still having problems breaking bad habits or addictions, The Council recommends using Amethyst in association with Snowflake Obsidian. Working with both these stones or even carrying them with you daily will help reduce the chance that you follow in your old footsteps. Both these stones strengthen and purify the mind, which heavily reduces the risk of sudden urges that would make you relapse into these habits again. Both these stones are major influences in self-expansion and restriction. By growing in a positive direction and expanding your mental capabilities, you will soon naturally start restricting yourself of any habit that may lower the new found purity of the mind.

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Snowflake Obsidian History

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. Obsidian gets its English name from a mistranslation of Natural History by Pliny the Elder (the guy who died at Pompeii):Snowflake Gemstone
'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.'
GemstoneColor in obsidian varies, depending on impurities in the parent lava formation. Snowflake obsidian (also called 'flowering obsidian') gets its name and patterns from cristobalite (a type of quartz) inclusions formed in the obsidian as it devitrifies.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 historical obsidian jewelry, tools or weapons a valuable resource to archaeologists for tracking trade routes or dating graves and settlements, as their source volcano and eruption can often be determined through analysis.

Snowflake Obsidian Metaphysical Properties

Practitioners believe snowflake obsidian lets them see the dark and uncomfortable sides of their own natures, bringing them back into wholeness. A patterned stone, it is thought to help wearers see patterns in their own thoughts and behaviors. It's also believed that this material dissolves shocks, fears and traumas, dissolving both physical and emotional pains. Like a sky full of beautiful snowflakes, snowflake obsidian restores something: a deep, abiding sense of protection and reverence.Snowflake obsidian is affiliated with the base and crown chakras. It is thought to drive out demons and to embody both yin and yang principles. Although not a birthstone, it is affiliated with the zodiac sign Capricorn.

Snowflake Obsidian Geological Properties

This naturally occurring volcanic glass is formed when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools without crystal growth. This glass form later transmutes into a rock, with sunburst-shaped spherlite inclusions forming in the stone.

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Snowflake obsidian is found all over the world including deposits in Italy, Scotland, the United States and other locations around the world with historic volcanic eruptions.

Mineral InformationVolcanic, amorphous, siliceous glass
Chemical CompositionSiO2 (approximately 70%) with a range of other trace elements
ColorBlack with white inclusions
Hardness5 to 5-1/2 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity2.3 - 2.6
Refractive Index1.48 - 1.51

Proper Care of Snowflake Obsidian

This durable stone is easy to care for: just wash gently in warm, soapy water.To learn more about snowflake obsidian and other gemstones, order your copy of Walter Schumann's revised and expanded edition of Gemstones of the World.

Designing with Snowflake Obsidian

Snowflake gemstoneWhile snowflake obsidian is a striking gemstone, it is also a durable one--making it popular for use as a 'worry stone' as well as in jewelry-making. For unusually beautiful jewelry with sophisticated flair, combine snowflake obsidian beads with black matte Delica and rock crystal beads (or any other pairings of black and white). Snowflake obsidian is a popular and attractive stone for men's jewelry and unisex styles, with the bold neutrals given added punch with red jasper, rhodochrosite and red or pink coral.View design inspirations featuring snowflake 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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