Gemstones 101: About Obsidian and its Benefits


Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed from the rapid cooling of lava. Its name is derived from the ancient Roman word “obsidianus”, which means “of Obsius” - Obsius was a Roman explorer who is said to have discovered the stone somewhere in Ethiopia.

Obsidian has been used for thousands of years as a tool, weapon, and jewelry due to its suitable properties. The ancient people of Mesoamerica used obsidian to create sharp knives, while in Egypt, it was used to make mirrors. Today, you can still find obsidian blades and weapons made by enthusiasts. They are insanely sharp and can pretty much cut through anything.

Obsidian is mainly composed of silica, which gives it its hardness and durability, making it an ideal material for cutting and shaping. The stone is also non-porous, which makes it resistant to bacteria, staining, and corrosion and these properties make it an excellent choice for surgical instruments, and it is still used today in some surgical procedures.

Obsidian was also used in ancient times for its healing properties, believed to have the power to protect against negative energy and evil spirits. One of the most impressive claimed benefits of obsidian is its ability to release negative energy and promote calmness and balance. This makes it a popular stone for use in meditation and healing practices, as well as in jewelry that are marketed for such purposes. When placed on the skin, obsidian is believed to help release physical and emotional blockages, promoting overall well-being and spiritual growth.

Aside from that, it is believed to stimulate the intellect and enhance creative problem-solving skills. On top of that, it is also said to improve memory and concentration, making it an excellent choice of jewelry for students, artists, and anyone seeking to tap into their creative potential.