Snowflake Obsidian

Snowflake obsidian is a type of volcanic glass that contains inclusions of white, gray, or black snowflake like crystals.

It is formed when lava cools rapidly and solidifies before the crystals within the obsidian can fully form.

As the obsidian cools, tiny particles of a mineral called cristobalite form and arrange themselves in a snowflake like pattern, creating the distinctive appearance of snowflake obsidian.

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Information about Snowflake Obsidian

Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass, consisting mainly of Silicon Dioxide – Iron and Magnesium sometimes give the Obsidian a dark appearance.

As a glass, Obsidian shatters into incredibly sharp pieces – it has been used throughout time for blades or arrowheads, and was considered in modern days for use as scalpel blades, as it produces a far finer cutting edge than steel.

Inclusions of small clusters of Cristobalite crystals create a special kind of Obsidian, with an interesting snowflake style pattern – simply, Snowflake Obsidian.