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The beauty of Obsidian Beads is undeniable. Its deep black color and bright sheen has given obsidian an air of mystery throughout the ages. Traditionally used for jewelry and carving, obsidian is also useful for creating extremely sharp tools, such as scalpels and phonograph needles. It also has powerful protective and grounding qualities.

9-10mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Triangle Beads 7.5 inch 12 pieces

9-10mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Triangle Beads 7.5 inch 12 pieces

$37.52
$28.00

Approximate 9x9x9mm to 10x10x10mm with 4-5mm thickness on the 7.5 inch strand of 12 pieces

24 - 27mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Flat Nugget Beads 15 inch 13 pieces

24 - 27mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Flat Nugget Beads 15 inch 13 pieces

$46.90
$35.00

15 inch strand of approximately 13 beads vary greatly in sizes measuring from 24x20x7mm up to 27x23x7mm and some larger has abraisions Formed in Vo...

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16x16mm Rainbow Obsidian straight drilled plain square beads 16 inch 27 pieces

16x16mm Rainbow Obsidian straight drilled plain square beads 16 inch 27 pieces

$20.00

approximate: 16x16x7mm average Rainbow Obsidian straight drilled plain square beads 16 inch 27 pieces with rainbow spectral qualities due to its fo...

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22x18mm Rainbow Obsidian straight drilled faceted oval beads 16 inch 17 pieces

22x18mm Rainbow Obsidian straight drilled faceted oval beads 16 inch 17 pieces

$20.00

approximate: 22x18mm average with 7mm width on these Rainbow Obsidian straight drilled faceted oval beads 16 inch 17 pieces with rainbow spectral q...

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12-13mm Rainbow Obsidian faceted rondelle beads 16 inch 63 pieces

12-13mm Rainbow Obsidian faceted rondelle beads 16 inch 63 pieces

$20.00

approximate: 12-13mm diameter with average width of 6mm on these Rainbow Obsidian faceted rondelle beads 16 inch 63 pieces with rainbow spectral qu...

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20x16mm Rainbow Obsidian top drilled Plain Oval beads 13 inch 27 pcs

20x16mm Rainbow Obsidian top drilled Plain Oval beads 13 inch 27 pcs

$20.00

approximate: 20x16x3.5mm average Rainbow Obsidian top drilled Plain Oval beads 13 inch 27 pieces with rainbow spectral qualities due to its formati...

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27x13mm Rainbow Obsidian top drilled Plain Marquise beads 16 inch 18 pcs

27x13mm Rainbow Obsidian top drilled Plain Marquise beads 16 inch 18 pcs

$20.00

approximate: 27x13x7mm average measure for these Rainbow Obsidian top drilled Plain Marquise beads showing vitreous luster on their smooth polished...

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12x12x12mm Obsidian center drilled plain triangle beads 16 inch 65 pcs

12x12x12mm Obsidian center drilled plain triangle beads 16 inch 65 pcs

$20.00

approximate: 12x12x12mm measures 6mm depth for these Dark Green Obsidian center drilled plain triangle beads on the 16 inch strand containing 65 pi...

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15 - 24mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Nugget Beads 15 inch 20 pieces

15 - 24mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Nugget Beads 15 inch 20 pieces

$40.20
$30.00

15 inch strand of approximately 20 beads measuring 15x15x12mm smallest to 24x16x15mm largest with varying sizes

10-11mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Coin Beads 15 inch 34 pieces

10-11mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Coin Beads 15 inch 34 pieces

$12.00

10-11mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Coin Beads 15 inch 34 pieces  

20x17-25x17mm Rainbow Obsidian straight drilled plain rectangle beads 16 inch 16 pieces

20x17-25x17mm Rainbow Obsidian straight drilled plain rectangle beads 16 inch 16 pieces

$20.00

approximate: 20x17-25x17mm Rainbow Obsidian straight drilled plain rectangle beads 16 inch 16 pieces with rainbow spectral qualities due to its for...

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Rainbow Obsidian Beads Fancy Cut, 8" length, 10x7-13x10mm, 17 pcs

Rainbow Obsidian Beads Fancy Cut, 8" length, 10x7-13x10mm, 17 pcs

$33.50
$25.00

Approx. Length 8" Strand | Approx. Bead Size 10x7-13x10mm | 17 pieces

Rainbow Obsidian Beads Faceted 13mm Rondelles

Rainbow Obsidian Beads Faceted 13mm Rondelles

$33.50
$25.00

Length 16 inch strand; Approx. Bead Size;13x6mm

14mm Rainbow Obsidian Top Drilled Faceted Pentagon Beads, 7.5 inch
10mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Round Beads, 15 inch

10mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Round Beads, 15 inch

$20.10
$15.00

Length 15 inch strand | Approx. Bead Size 9-10mm


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Volcanic Origins

Obsidian beads are born in volcanoes; their unusual crystal growth, or lack thereof, is cause by extremely rapid cooling of the lava rock as it is blown out during the eruption. The name of the stone comes from Pliny’s Natural History. He called it obsian, because it looked very much like a black stone found by Obsius in Ethiopia. Obsidian is found in areas where volcanic eruptions have occurred, and large deposits are located in the Americas, Iceland, Italy, Greece and parts of Africa.

Inclusions

In its pure state, obsidian is very dark, but the color can vary depending on the amount and type of impurities that are present. Obsidian beads are mostly silicon dioxide and when they include small, white crystals, they are called snowflake obsidian. Bubbles of magnetite give the beads a rainbow sparkle. In addition to the black beads, the snowflake and rainbow varieties are also popular for obsidian jewelry.

Cutting Tools

Evidence of stone age use of obsidian has been found in many areas and the oldest date back to 700,000 BC. It was a highly prized trade item because it breaks to form a very sharp edge and was used for arrowheads, knives and axes. Because it is glass, it could also be polished and used to make mirrors. The Moai of Rapa Nui, the large heads on Easter Island, were carved with obsidian tools and large obsidian beads form the pupils of their eyes. Trials are currently underway to gain approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to make surgical scalpels out of obsidian. There is evidence that these blades lead to less scarring and fewer post-operative infections.

Stone of Truth

Obsidian jewelry can be worn as a protection against depression because it is said to block negativity. The black color of obsidian is connected to self-control and inner strength. It helps a person become focused, grounded and less likely to react from emotion. Because divination tools such as scrying mirrors and crystal balls are commonly made from obsidian, it is also known as the Stone of Truth. Obsidian reveals the truth without taking sides. In the art of Feng shui, obsidian is connected to the north area, the one that governs a person’s career or life path. A bowl of water with obsidian beads in it placed in the north of a room can help to clear obstacles from your life. Small figures carved from obsidian are useful for this, too.

Quality Beads

We carry beautiful black, as well as rainbow and snowflake obsidian beads for all of your creative projects. Find top quality beads and jewelry making supplies online at the Bead Traders.

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