Snowflake Obsidian Beads
Our Snowflake Obsidian beads are a deep black color with lacy bursts of gray-white. The neutral color palette of this stone combines beautifully with bright colors!
More About Snowflake Obsidian
Inclusions of white, clustered crystals of the mineral cristobalite (a type of quartz) in black obsidian glass produce a beautiful snowflake-like pattern, producing snowflake obsidian.
Obsidian is a type of naturally formed glass that was originally expelled from a volcano as molten lava and then cooled very rapidly in the surrounding environment. This rapid cooling prevents an organized crystal structure from forming, so although obsidian is a hard material, in chemical terms, it is considered a liquid! From a geological perspective, most obsidian is a very young material – less than 20 million years old – as over time, it becomes transformed from glass into rock through a process called “devitrification”.