Mahogany Obsidian Meaning and Properties

Mahogany Obsidian History

Obsidian has been used as a gemstone since antiquity. Imagine a fine piece of mahogany furniture that gleams like glass--that's mahogany obsidian. Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass that's created when lava rich in feldspar and quartz is cooled too rapidly for crystals to form. It's not considered to be a true mineral because its composition is too complex and it doesn't have a crystalline structure.

In addition to its decorative use, obsidian has been used to make smooth and sharp surgical blades and arrowheads due to its lack of cleavage and acute edges when broken. Stone Age people used obsidian for weapons and implements, Native Americans formed it into arrowheads and the Incans used it for weapons, mirrors and masks.

Obsidian is named after Obsuis, a Roman who discovered a similar stone. Mahogany obsidian is a variety of obsidian that shows banding of black and red colors created from iron inclusions.

Mahogany Obsidian Metaphysical Properties

Obsidian is a powerful grounding stone that's commonly known to give wearers the strength needed to stand on their own convictions against any enemy, protecting its owners. Many use it in times of need, to remove energy blocks and give new life to purposes and goals. Healers use it to relieve pain and improve circulation. Obsidian is also considered to be useful for those suffering from depression or addiction. Mahogany obsidian, in particular, is said to increase sexuality and sensuality, most notably the sense of touch.

Obsidian reminds us that birth and death are simultaneously and constantly present, and has always been associated with guardian spirits that watch over us. Throughout history people drew on that protective power in the weaponry they made from obsidian. It's sometimes called "the stone of truth" because it encourages the surfacing of secrets and hidden emotions.

Mahogany Obsidian Geological Properties

Mahogany obsidian, also known as mountain mahogany, is natural glass obsidian that has iron inclusions creating the mahogany colored stripes and swirls in it. Obsidian can be found anywhere volcanic activity has occurred. Some of its most notable sources today include South America, Japan, Mexico, Afghanistan, and parts of the United States.

Mineral Information Volcanic, amorphous, siliceous glass
Color Black with red-brown (mahogany) streaks
Hardness 5 to 5-1/2 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity 2.3 - 2.6
Refractive Index 1.48 - 1.51

Proper Care of Mahogany Obsidian

Obsidian is considered a durable material and can be safely cleaned using a soft cloth and soapy water. Soap residue can build up on it, so rinse well and polish after. As with most gemstones, ultrasonic cleaners and steamers are not recommended. Take care to store obsidian in a soft case away from hard objects as it can be easily scratched.

Designing with Mahogany Obsidian

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.

Obsidian's naturally dark, glossy color makes it fashionable for men and women's jewelry. It can be easily incorporated into vintage, gothic, Celtic and punk-inspired design or modern and sophisticated pieces.

Obsidian pairs well with silver-colored components, providing an attractive contrast to its dark color. Its versatility allows it to be used in a wide variety of jewelry, such as beads for bracelets and necklaces, cabochons for pendants and rings or carved items.

Combine with onyx gemstone beads for a dramatic pairing or crystal beads for unexpected sparkle. Obsidian arrowheads can be wire-wrapped in gold-colored wire for stunning pendant necklaces.

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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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