Obsidian - Color, Facts, Power, Mythology, History And Myths

With a glossy sheen, Obsidian is a distinctive stone, which is the made of the molten lava that forms from the volcanic eruptions.

Obsidian is generally deep black in color and has the characteristic of absolute mystery. The energy of this marvellous black stone draws the wearer in gently, but very profoundly, which makes the Obsidian more powerful and alluring in many ways.

Time and again, Obsidian has been called as the stone of truth, as it is believed to reveal never-ending secrets and anonymities, both about the workings of the universe, as well as about the inner world of the person at large.

Being a black stone, Obsidian is primarily understood as the stone that can protect the wearer from evil or bad. It is thought to form a shelter against pessimism and to take up pessimistic energies from the surroundings.

Where is Obsidian found?

Obsidian can be found in places which experience rhyolitic eruptions at large. It can be found in Canada, Chile, Georgia, Greece, El Salvador, Guatemala, Iceland, Mexico, New Zealand, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kenya, Peru, Italy, Japan, Turkey, Argentina, Scotland, and the United States.

Rich flows of Obsidian are found within the calderas of Medicine Lake Volcano and Newberry Volcano in North America, and in the Inyo craters in California.

The Obsidian deposits are also found in the Yellowstone National Park and in many other western states of USA including Arizona, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, Utah, and Idaho. Obsidian is also the inhabitant of eastern states of USA, like Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina.

Healing Properties

Obsidian helps the wearer in following ways:

  • Protects from Negativity

Being a black stone, Obsidian safeguards a person against negative energies and absorb all in itself. It helps in letting go of the stress and anxiety that the wearer faces in his day to day life. Obsidian is used to block the negativity of any kind.

  • Protect against Depression

Obsidian helps in protecting those who are very susceptible to depression. It is believed to be a stone for the compassionate and temperate people of the world.

  • Used as a Feng Shui amulet

Being a Feng Shui cure, Obsidian is an excellent stone that can be kept in the North Bagua area of the house, which is related to the career and life energy of the residents. Obsidian uses the water energy, offers protection, and clears the obstacles that one faces on his path of life.

  • Act as an emotional healer

Obsidian is known for its strong emotional healing energy. It helps one in releasing any sorts of addictions, negative behaviour, eating disorder, and emotional blockages.

  • Cures various ailments

Obsidian helps in alleviating pain, reducing anxiety, and healing wounds by curbing the extra flow of blood. It is considered for the betterment of blood flow in the body, and therefore it is great for healing cold feet and hands.

Obsidian is also regarded as an effective treatment for the arthritis pain, joint problems, cramps, indigestion, and anxiety attacks.

Obsidian Facts

Some facts about Obsidian

  • Obsidian is not a proper rock since it is not made of mineral crystals.
  • Obsidians are formed only near to the active volcanoes.
  • Silica the mineral, which is found in 70% of the Obsidian stones.
  • Sometimes an Obsidian stone is directly exploded off from the volcano.

Metaphysical Properties

Obsidian is a physically occurring volcanic glass produced from igneous rocks due to volcanic eruptions. It is formed when lava that is extruded from a volcano cools down fast without much of crystal growth. Obsidian is a hard and brittle stone, and, therefore, its fractures have very sharp and jagged edges. It was used in the past as an element in piercing and cutting tools, moreover, it has also been experimentally used as a surgical blade.

There is a variety of Obsidian called as the Snowflake Obsidian, which is sprinkled with white patches where the portions of the rock start to crystallize.  The most valued Obsidian suggested by the gemologists is the rainbow Obsidian variety, which is found with beautiful and sparkling bands of green, purple, and golden colors.

The hardness of Obsidian on Moh’s scale is 5.5.   

Types of Obsidians

  • Rainbow Obsidian

Worshiped by the Mexican-Indians as the stone that was inhabited by the god itself on the earth, Rainbow Obsidian is a stone that brings pleasure and enjoyment to one’s life. It is also termed as the “Stone of Pleasure” because of its metaphysical properties.

Rainbow Obsidian has the speckles of purple, green, and golden color, which gives it a beautiful rainbow-like effect. It helps in treating the ailments related to pancreas, thyroid gland, adrenal gland, ovaries, and pituitary gland. Rainbow Obsidian helps the wearer in identifying his weaknesses and strengthens them.



Obsidian In News

Obsidian Color

Obsidian is in black color, but it can also be found in brown spotted with black, light brown, and black with a striking golden or silver gleam.

  • CleavageNone
  • Other NamesBanded Obsidian, Onyx Obsidian, Sheen Obsidian, Snowflake Obsidian, Rainbow Obsidian, Apache Tears
  • Crystal Habit
  • StreakWhite
  • Refractive Index1.49Â
  • DiaphaneityTransparent - Opaque
  • Mohs scale (hardness)5-6
  • SourcesCanada, Chile, Georgia, Greece, El Salvador, Guatemala, Iceland, Mexico, New Zealand, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kenya, Peru, Italy, Japan, Turkey, Argentina, Scotland, and the United States.
  • Chemical formulaSiO2(MgO,Fe3O4)
  • LustreVitreous
  • ColorGray To Black, Brown To Brownish Yellow, Orange, Red. Rarely Blue, Green, Purple.
  • Chakra HealingRoot or base chakra
  • BirthstoneDecember
  • Zodiacsagittarius
Write Comments
  • Sam
    Nov 7, 2014, 3:35:03 PM

    Obsidian has nice healing properties whether it is physical or emotional. I want to try it. Is it suitable for me? Please suggest.

  • Gemexi
    Nov 19, 2014, 4:59:55 PM

    Hi Sam… Firstly you should be sure that your requirements match with the healing properties of this talisman. After this you should consult with your astrologer, he will suggest you an apt gemstone for you.

  • Jory
    Dec 29, 2014, 7:27:12 PM

    Please keep these posts up they help tons.

  • Keyon
    Jan 7, 2015, 7:41:23 AM

    No complaints on this end, simply a good piece.

  • Davidson
    Apr 16, 2015, 3:03:22 AM

    this gemstone reduces the pain, anxiety and heals the wounds...quite useful gemstone...how can i know that it is suitable for me...please help me out...i want to tune it...

  • Luis
    Jun 30, 2015, 4:06:08 AM

    This Obsidian stone is excellent to assist you to release disharmony that has built up in your day to day life and during work on yourself, including resentment of others, fear and anger

  • Adaline claes
    Aug 13, 2015, 4:25:12 AM

    hello! i need help. my husband keeps many secrets with me. and i want to know all his truths.. is this stone will work for me?

  • Humphrey
    Jul 18, 2019, 10:21:39 PM

    I like your Obsidian pendants collection and surely buy it from you within a couple of days.

  • Andre
    Sep 18, 2019, 10:15:03 PM

    I love your tree of life jewelry of this stone.

  • watson
    Nov 8, 2019, 9:58:57 PM

    What a beautifully crafted gemstone I gifted my wife on our anniversary and she is so much happy to wear this..A big thanks to gemexi.

  • helin
    Dec 26, 2019, 9:58:12 PM

    Your post about healing is so appreciable. It helps me a lot in choosing the right stone.

  • franky
    Jul 21, 2020, 5:50:39 AM

    Beautiful work is done by you guys. Thanks.

  • Aisley
    Dec 23, 2020, 9:31:09 AM

    This is a beautiful gemstone with all the beast qualities in it whether it is fen shui or treating mental health. I loved it.

    Dec 23, 2020, 12:06:35 PM

    Thank you for your kind words:)

  • Lillian
    Jun 24, 2021, 8:41:11 AM

    This stone looks beautiful. The facts and healing properties of this stone are awe-inspiring. I am waiting for this to be in my wardrobe.

    Jun 24, 2021, 9:25:30 AM

    Thank you, Lillian, Do buy our latest collection of Gemstone or Jewelry at https://www.gemexi.com/latest-jewelry

Write Your Comments