What is Obsidian?

Qu'est-ce que l'Obsidienne ?

Last month I introduced you to the stone Eye of tiger. On this occasion, I promised to make you quickly discover another semi-precious stone.

It is therefore with great pleasure that I present to you today the Obsidian.

I will therefore explain to you its origin, its history, but also its benefits and virtues.

Origin and History

This very old stone owes its name to a character from ancient Rome, a certain Obsius, who would have been the first to find this rock in Ethiopia.

The Obsidian is a natural volcanic rock.

This stone is formed when the lava solidifies. The transformation from liquid to solid is so rapid that minerals do not have time to crystallize.

Obsidian: volcanic rock

In prehistoric times

Prehistoric men used theObsidian as raw material for the manufacture of their weapons. She is indeed very sharp if you break it, which makes it a formidable weapon.

Many traces of Obsidian have been found in the Neolithic, in southern Europe. There was in particular a trade around stone, which was transported from the volcanoes of present-day Italy.

In ancient times

Some used Obsidian mirrors.

It was a more effective way than the polished metal mirror to see the person as they were. It was kind of a way of going beyond the field of vision and seeing more than the mirror image.


Regarding a magmatic rock, so it is obvious that the only places where it is possible to find it are located on volcanic areas. We find Obsidian deposits in Italy (Sardinia), Iceland, Mexico, United States and Greece.

Its large deposits are primarily intended for creation of artwork, but also at the jewelry making. You can also find some original and unique models on our store, among the collection of obsidian jewelry.

Little tip: to find all our obsidian-based articles, you just need to type "obsidian" in the search bar of our site.


Mineralogical characteristics

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Obsidian is a glassy volcanic rock which is rich in silica. There are many kinds of Obsidians, this is how the composition of this stone varies from one stone to another.

Opaque and translucent, this stone has a vitreous luster. Like glass, it also has a conchoidal break. This means that if you break it, it will look similar to the inside of a seashell.

On the Mohs scale, its hardness is 5 to 5.5. It is therefore capable of scratching glass.

Sometimes it may be that the Obsidian glass recrystallizes. This is how we obtain in particular Obsidian "snowflake".


Colors and different types of Obsidian

This stonebenefit of a original and unique shine which is found, whatever its color.

You can indeed find Obsidians in different colors : gray, dark green, black, red ... These shades vary depending on the Magnetite or Hematite content, but as you will notice, it is always about relatively dark colors.

This is particularly the case, for example, with our "Zodiac Sign" pendant available in particular in Black Obsidian, Ice Black Obsidianand Golden Obsidian.


Virtues and properties in lithotherapy

The Obsidian is a very appreciated stone, you will find it especially in the form of jewel.

In its black version, it is very powerful and synonymous with truth, quest for oneself, but also connection to the divine source.

Its significant strength requires a lot of care in its handling. It's a protective stone which will be very useful for sensitive people, but also those who are very often led to have negative thoughts.

She's from elsewherewidely used by therapists.


Benefits of Obsidian Stone

Obsidian Mala Bracelet

Whether on a physical, mental, emotional, but also spiritual level, Obsidian has many qualities, it is a stone of balance.

On the psychological level

  • Acts against negativity, repels negative waves and the evil eye;
  • Restores energy and calms the mind;
  • Removes confusion and helps clairvoyance;
  • Promotes letting go;
  • Soothes sorrows and buried discomfort.

In terms of health

Obsidian has the power toreduce joint pain, injuries, muscle cramps, arthritis. It is in a way the solution for find a certain balance and strengthen us as well physicallythan mentally.

By its natural force, this rock allows reduce mental stress and D'soothe nervous tension.


How to clean, purify and recharge my Obsidian?

It is very important to the clean and unload it regularly, because it is a stone that absorbs negative energies.

To clean your stone, simply place it in water, preferably salted.

Be careful at immediately discard used water after cleaning.

To recharge it, place your stone at the light of the full moon, the sun or in front of the flames.


To go a little further ...

Astrological signs


The Obsidian is a natural stone which is particularly suitable for the following astrological signs: Scorpio and Capricorn.

Obsidian and Associated Chakras

This stone offers a direct and solid link with the earth, it is connected to Root Chakra. It thus helps to release blockages and to harmonize your Chakra basic.

It is also a stone that chases bad waves and brings a clearer vision, it is therefore also associated with 3rd Chakra, that of the Solar Plexus.


This is how I end this article concerning theObsidian and his lithotherapy properties. I will find you quickly to present you a new semi-precious stone!

Do not hesitate to leave us a comment to let us know which color of Obsidian you prefer and how to wear it.Obsidian Mala Necklace

I also invite you to take a look at this Malamade of beads Obsidian and Cinnabar. Attention, it is a limited series, there will not be for everyone !

See you soon !

1 Response



February 20, 2020

Merci pour ce commentaire très riche en renseignements au sujet de l’obsidienne.

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