Snowflake obsidian

snowflake obsidian

Snowflake obsidian meaning and healing properties benefits.

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Snowflake obsidian properties

Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock. With cristobalite inclusions

It is produced when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth. We can found obsidian commonly within the margins of rhyolitic lava flows. It is obsidian flows. Where the chemical composition (high silica content) induces a high viscosity. And polymerization degree of the lava.

The inhibition of atomic diffusion through this highly viscous. And polymerized lava explains the lack of crystal growth. However obsidian is hard and brittle. It therefore fractures with very sharp edges. We used it in the past in cutting and piercing tools. And it has been used experimentally as surgical scalpel blades.

Obsidian is mineral-like. But not a true mineral. Because as a glass, it is not crystalline. In addition, its composition is too variable to be classified as a mineral. It is sometimes classified as a mineraloid.

Though obsidian is usually dark in color. Similar to mafic rocks such as basalt, obsidian’s composition is extremely felsic. Obsidian consists mainly of SiO2 (silicon dioxide), usually 70% or more.

Cristobalite inclusions

Pure obsidian is usually dark in appearance. Though the color varies. It depends on the presence of impurities. Iron and also other transition elements. It may give the obsidian a dark brown to black color also. Very few samples are nearly colorless.

In some stones, the inclusion of small, white, radially clustered crystals of cristobalite inclusions in the black glass. Produce a blotchy or snowflake pattern: snowflake obsidian. Obsidian may contain patterns of gas bubbles. It remains from the lava flow. Aligned along layers.

It created as the molten rock was flowing before being cooled. These bubbles can produce interesting effects. Such as a golden sheen: sheen obsidian. Inclusions of magnetite nanoparticles caused an iridescence. A rainbow-like sheen: rainbow obsidian.

Snowflake obsidian healing properties

The following section is pseudo scientific and based on cultural beliefs.

Snowflake obsidian benefits

Snowflake obsidian meaning and healing properties benefits: A stone of purity, Snowflake Obsidian provides balance for body, mind and spirit. It helps you recognise and release wrong thinking and stressful mental patterns. Promotes dispassion and inner centring. The stone empowers isolation and loneliness, aiding surrender in meditation.


What is the difference between Obsidian and snowflake obsidian?

The only difference is the snowflakes that you see on its surface. The presence of such snowflakes marks the slow process of transformation of obsidian from volcanic glass into an actual rock.

Where do I put snowflake obsidian?

A crystal ball is used to gaze into during meditation. Larger stones can also be set in the home to protect the house and keep negative energy out. It can be carried with you or used for jewelry for it’s healing properties and for protection or just for the beauty of the stone.

What element is snowflake obsidian?

The inclusion of small, white, radially clustered crystals spherulites of the mineral cristobalite in the black glass produce a blotchy or snowflake pattern.

How can you tell if snowflake obsidian is real?

The fake cabochon has a few signs which may lead you to believe it is fake: Clearer delineation between the inclusions and the black obsidian. Less variety of swirling, tones, etc… inside the inclusions. No natural imperfections, such as the large brown flaw on the reverse of the genuine stone.

How do you cleanse and charge snowflake obsidian?

It is best cleaned with a damp rag or under running water. Cleansing the energies is as simple as cleaning the stone. Many like to use black or white candles to recharge their energy, placing them on either side of the stone and allowing them to burn out.

What does snowflake obsidian look like?

The stone is usually black in color, with white patches called phenocryst. It looks like snowflakes, hence the name.

How hard is snowflake obsidian?

The gemstone has a Mohs hardness of about 5 to 6.

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