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 Obsidian, Mahogany Gemstone Properties 

Design Possibilities

Imagine a fine piece of furniture. Mahogany. Think of it polished so it gleams like glass. That's the look of mahogany obsidian. Obsidian is glass, in fact--volcanic glass that cooled before it crystallized. Obsidian has a long history. Stone Age people used it for weapons and implements. Native Americans formed it into arrowheads, and the Incas used it for weapons, mirrors and masks, before, finally, it was used to create beautiful jewelry. This particular obsidian is so distinctively beautiful it's a shame to use it for anything but jewelry. Pick your favorite bone pendant, some bugle and gold-filled (or liquid gold) beads, add mahogany obsidian-you'll have created a necklace that has an elegant, gleaming magic about it.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Obsidian is a powerful stone that reminds us that birth and death are simultaneously and constantly present, one within the other. It has always been associated with guardian spirits that watch over us. Earlier peoples drew on that protective power in weapons they made from obsidian. Today people who wear it often speak of a sense of protection. Mahogany obsidian, in particular, is said to increase sexuality and sensuality--the sense of touch, especially. It's as if the memory of the volcano's eruption, connected with its birth, is at the core of this gemstone's tremendous power.
Mineral InformationVolcanic, amorphous, siliceous glass
ColorBlack with red-brown (mahogany) streaks
Hardness5 - 5-1/2
Specific Gravity2.3-2.6
Refractive Index1.48-1.51

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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