Brightly Colored Obsidian

In my quest to share information, I always take into consideration the geological make up as well as the metaphysical one. For the last few years, there has been an influx of Chinese minerals into the metaphysical and geological communities that needs to be addressed. Theses brightly colored Obsidian are all over the place! As with all things, take what resonates for you and leave the rest.

Many of the pieces coming out of China can be one of three things:

1. They may be legitimate minerals and crystals mined in China, like Fluorite

2. They may be polished or tumbled in China due to the cheap labor in which to do so.

3. Or they may be MANUFACTURED/created/Lab enhanced in China.

Often you will see a description like this: Asian Rare Quartz Crystal Glass Blue Obsidian Stone Ball Natural Natal Feng Shui Crystals Sphere …

These NEW! or RARE! brightly colored Obsidian are nothing more than slag glass with color introduced into the process.

Brightly colored Cobalt Blues, Emerald Greens, Rich Reds, Golden Yellows, and deep Purples are just a few of the varieties you can find out there. And yes, they are all glass, more often than not, flawless and clear, but mis-marketed/identified as Obsidian (an amorphous volcanic rock).

True, natural Obsidian is amorphous (meaning it has no crystal structure and lacks form), and it is most always dark in color (dark black, dark brown, dark green). The color may vary depending on the presence of impurities. “Iron and other elements of transition can give a dark brown to black color to the obsidian. Most black obsidian contains magnetite, an iron oxide, nano inclusions.”

It is also opaque, meaning light cannot pass through it (unless it is polished which can make it translucent, like polished Apache Tears).

rainbow obsidian
Rainbow Obsidian (Natural)

Obsidian can have color. Just look at a specimen of Rainbow Obsidian. That obsidian is dark black/brown with shimmers, bands or flashes of color.

“Obsidian with multicolored iridescence (Rainbow Obsidian) is due to inclusions of magnetite nano particles caused mainly by trace elements or inclusions”.. NEVER TRANSPARENT and NEVER BRIGHTLY COLORED

Green Obsidian, Gaia Stone

green glass not obsidian
Gaia Stone, Green Obsidian

Often I hear that the color of Gaia Stone (also called “Helenite”) is due to ash from Mt. St. Helen’s eruption, but I am not convinced that gray ash can create such a vibrant green. Any lava flow would pick up impurities all the way down the mountain and would more than likely be opaque, as is most obsidian. Clear glass? Emerald green? I don’t see it happening in the natural course of events.

Red Obsidian, Strawberry Obsidian, Cherry Obsidian

cherry brightly colored obsidian
Red/Cherry/Strawberry Obsidian

I have been told this glass is colored by introducing Cinnabar into the process, but I am sure other coloring agents can be used as well.

Cobalt Blue Obsidian

Naturally occurring obsidian can have trace amounts of cobalt, among other elements. However, it is essentially black.

cobalt blue brightly colored obsidian
Cobalt Blue “Obsidian”

Cobalt Blue Obsidian is an artificial glass colored blue by the deliberate inclusion of cobalt during the glass-making process. It will be transparent, as opposed to the opaque nature of natural obsidian.

Even this Aqua is pretty to look at! But still, it is nothing more than glass. So no matter the bright color and clarity, chances are that brightly colored “obsidian” is nothing more than slag glass with color introduced.

teal brightly colored obsidian
Aqua “Obsidian” or Hawaiian Blue/Green Obsidian

On a positive note, if you do any type of color energy work, you may find these helpful due to their intense colors.


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