Snowflake Obsidian is a black obsidian with whitish-gray spots of radiating needle-shaped cristobalite crystals.
A lot of Snowflake Obsidian is from Millard County, Utah. Approximately 2.5 million years ago (late Tertiary Period), volcanic eruptions in the Black Spring area of the Black Rock Desert in western Utah spewed out volcanic rocks rhyolite, pumice, and obsidian.
It is also found in California and Mexico.
Obsidian is a natural volcanic glass. This glassy, lustrous mineral is found in lava flows. Obsidian is produced when lava cools very quickly. The lava cools so quickly that no crystals can form.
Obsidian has been used since the Stone Age for making tools, because it has a conchoidal fracture and breaks into pieces with curved surfaces. It was used for knives, spear points, scrapers, and arrowheads.
Though natural glass, Snowflakes Obsidians hardness is only about a 5.5, which makes it easy to scratch.
Metaphysical Properties of Snowflake Obsidian:
Snowflake Obsidian enables one to make the best of a bad situation by clearing negative and self-defeating thoughts. It is said to be helpful in dispelling "poor me" attitudes or feelings of victimization.
OakRocks has been in the rock and mineral business for 30 years. We are a great source for Snowflake Obsidian, and carry a variety of Snowflake Obsidian cabochons, Snowflake Obsidian rough rock, Snowflake Obsidian eggs, polished rocks and animal carvings.