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More about Snowflake Obsidian

Obsidian is an exciting stone, born from volcanoes and fueled with fire. Then, why do our Snowflake Obsidian beads remind one of cool snowy crystals against a dark night sky? This duality is sure to lend mystery and drama to your jewelry artistry.

Our Snowflake Obsidian beads are a striking, opaque black with bold grayish-white markings. Obsidian is a dark-colored volcanic glass created when molten lava cooled quickly. The "snowflakes" are round crystals formed during that process.

One of the world's oldest lapidary materials — examples date back to 10,000 BC — Obsidian offer a rich posterity of uses and jewelry, neatly summarized by acclaimed jewelry maker Dale "Cougar" Armstrong in a post on our Wire-Sculpture jewelry making blog. Click here to go to "Gem Profile: Obsidian."

Snowflake Obsidian has the potential to feature in some of your most intriguing jewelry articles. This gemstone has an unparalleled lustrous glamor and comes in a surprising variety of colors and patterns; and, for a shift in color and attitude, check out our Golden Obsidian beads. For a complete jewelry set, pair these beads with one of our Obsidian cabochons.

Our new line of varied and exotic beads will help you achieve your desired look. We have so much to offer here at Wire-Sculpture, we know you won't be disappointed.