The soothing soft browns and grays, and beautiful Aztec like designs on the Sterling Silver beads on this unusual necklace, are probably not the descriptions the Aztecs used when wearing Obsidian jewelry, or using their Macuahuitle, or Aztec War Club, a fearsome weapon used by the Aztecs consisting of several Obsidian blades on a wooden handle.These natural Brown Snowflake Obsidian stones have been in Miriam’s Private Collection since around 2008, when she started to collect them. Geologists call these stones Tectonic or Volcanic Jasper, more commonly known as Obsidian Jasper. Obsidian stones are naturally strong and highly polished. The gray and creamy white snowflakes are called Phenocrysts, large sphere like particles of needle shaped Cristobalite, a type of quartz, which resemble snowflakes. Because of its hardness, Obsidian is believed to have been used during the Stone Age to form weapons. The name comes from the Obsius, a Roman who is credited with discovering a similar stone in Ethiopia.
.Full length of the necklace, including the clasp is 23.5 inches.
.Brown Snowflake Obsidian rectangular nuggets are 13x20mm.
.The Obsidian Rondelles are 8mm.
.Obsidian Barrels are approximately 10x12mm.
.The larger carved antiqued Sterling Silver Bead is 8x20mm
.The four antiqued Sterling Silver Beads are 9x15mm.
.The ornamental clasp is also antiqued Sterling Silver.
.Matching Bracelet and Earrings are available by Custom Order, and only with purchase of the necklace. The necklace may also be shortened or lengthened by Custom Order.
Where is Snowflake Obsidian found? Snowflake Obsidian is found in many areas of the world where volcanic activity has taken place. In the United States, it is found on the West Coast, an area with high levels of tectonic activity. Miriam believes the stones she has are from Glass Buttes, Oregon. These ancient volcanic hills are known to have a variety of Obsidian, including: mahogany, red, flame, midnight lace, jet black, pumpkin, brown, rainbow, gold sheen, silver sheen, green, lizard skin, snowflake and more. Miriam also has collections of Mahogany Obsidian, Red Mexican Snowflake, and Black Snowflake Obsidian. Contact her for more information.