|Snowflake Obsidian Properties and Meaning|
About Snowflake Obsidian
Snowflake Obsidian is both an igneous rock and a natural glass. This rock-glass is formed when lava cools with incredible rapidity and minimum crystallization. When this occurs, the lava gradually transforms into a black glass. When the glass loses the general characteristics and properties of a typical glass, including its shine and transparency, the grey-white spots in the gemstone becomes visible.
Snowflake Obsidian possesses a glass-like appearance, smooth surface, and extremely sharp edges. This is composed of 70 percent silicon dioxide. Interestingly, impurities in it consequently define its wide spectrum of colors and visual characteristics. Its signature name comes from the grey crystals that form on black stones. These grey crystals forming spots actually resemble flakes of snow, thus rightfully called “snowflakes”.
Where to find Snowflake Obsidian
These gemstones are found in areas where volcanic activities take place, or have taken place in the past. At present, specimens of snowflake obsidian are frequently seen along the West Coast and in the Black Rock Desert of Utah.