Collection: Obsidian

Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed when lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth. Its history spans thousands of years, with ancient civilizations across the globe using it for a variety of purposes. 

One of the earliest uses of obsidian by humans was for making tools and weapons. Its natural sharpness and ease of shaping made it an ideal material for arrowheads, spears, and knives. Archaeological sites around the world, from the Americas to the Mediterranean, have unearthed obsidian artifacts dating back to as early as 700,000 years ago. Obsidian's desirability for tool-making established extensive trade networks among ancient civilizations. For example, in Mesoamerica, obsidian was traded extensively, becoming a crucial part of the economy and culture of civilizations like the Maya and Aztecs.

Beyond its practical uses, obsidian was also valued for its aesthetic qualities. Many cultures used it to craft jewelry, mirrors, and ornamental objects. The reflective properties of polished obsidian made it particularly attractive for such uses.

Obsidian's composition makes it incredibly durable and capable of being honed to a molecular-level sharpness. This quality still sees obsidian being used in some specialized medical surgical tools today. 

High-Vibe beings attribute metaphysical properties to obsidian, believing it to have grounding, protective qualities. It's thought to absorb negative energy, promote emotional healing, and offer clarity in challenging situations.

Today, obsidian continues to be valued both for its practical applications and its metaphysical attributes. It is a popular material in jewelry making, decorative items, and in the collection of natural mineral specimens.

Obsidian's blend of beauty, utility, and historical significance makes it a fascinating and versatile stone that bridges the ancient and modern worlds. Its continued appreciation underscores the lasting importance and intrigue of natural materials in human culture.