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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.

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

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

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  • Premium quality 12mm Snowflake Obsidian Faceted Tube Beads, 14 inch - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store
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    12mm Snowflake Obsidian Plain Nugget Beads, 14 inch

    Approx. Length 14 inch strand | Approx. Bead Size 8x5-12x7mm

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  • High quality 7mm Snowflake Obsidian Plain Square Beads, 14 inch - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store Save 27% Save %
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    7mm Snowflake Obsidian Plain Square Beads, 14 inch

    Approx. 14 inch Size | 7x7x2mm

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  • Best buying 9-10mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Triangle Beads 7.5 inch 12 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store. Save 60% Save %
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    9-10mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Triangle Beads 7.5 inch 12 pieces

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

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  • Superior quality 12-13mm Rainbow Obsidian faceted rondelle beads 16 inch 63 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.
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    12-13mm Rainbow Obsidian faceted rondelle beads 16 inch 63 pieces

    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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  • Premium quality Snowflake Obsidian Faceted Nugget Beads 14 inches 12 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store. Save 26% Save %
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    Snowflake Obsidian Faceted Nugget Beads 14 inches 12 pieces

    strands vary in size from 19x12x10mm up to 28x13x11mm 14 inches 12 beads

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  • Best range of 8mm Snowflake Obsidian Faceted Heart Beads, 8 inch - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store
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    8mm Snowflake Obsidian Faceted Heart Beads, 8 inch

    These are 8 inch strand of Snowflake Obsidian Faceted Heart Briolettes measuring 8x8 with a thickness of 3mm giving them a rich full body. 

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    Rainbow Obsidian Beads Faceted 13mm Rondelles

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

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  • Best buying 12x12x12mm Obsidian center drilled plain triangle beads 16 inch 65 pcs - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.
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    12x12x12mm Obsidian center drilled plain triangle beads 16 inch 65 pcs

    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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    8mm Silver Obsidian Faceted Round Beads 15 inch 45 pieces

    Beads measure 8mm in diameter and include a 1mm large drill hole. These stunning obsidian beads have a strong grey flash that emerges from their da...

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    8mm Rainbow Obsidian Faceted Rondelle Beads 16 inch 85 pieces

    These beautiful beads include the subtle textures and color play signature of Rainbow Obsidian in addition to the familiar jet black .

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

    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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  • Superior quality 20x17-25x17mm Rainbow Obsidian straight drilled plain rectangle beads 16 inch 16 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.
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    20x17-25x17mm Rainbow Obsidian straight drilled plain rectangle beads 16 inch 16 pieces

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    6mm Silver Obsidian Faceted Round Beads 15 inch 60 pieces

    Beads measure 6mm in diameter and include a 1mm large drill hole. These stunning obsidian beads have a strong grey flash that emerges from their da...

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    Black Obsidian Faceted Teardrop Beads 17 inch 50 pieces

    Beads range from 7x5mm to 13x9mm on a graduated strand.

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

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

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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.

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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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