Published October 2016  •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 7 minutes
Gold Sheen Obsidian is a rare variety of Obsidian found primarily in Mexico.  It’s alluring iridescence is created by small inclusions of water vapor bubbles trapped inside the black volcanic glass.  The bubbles reflect back the light as a metallic gold or silver.  While it is widely available now in specialty rock shops, the Sheen Obsidian deposits were found relatively recently and so it has no unique historical traditions.  Gold Sheen Obsidian has a brighter and happier energy compared to Black Obsidian.  It is a phenomenal stone for exploring topics related to money, work, and success, as well as for taking action if we are dissatisfied.

Golden Sheen Obsidian

Golden Sheen Obsidian Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Golden Sheen Obsidian has a bright energy, very different than pure black Obsidian. It is an empowering stone, yet one that also helps us to keep our egos in check so that they don’t dominate our consciousness or control our actions. Golden Sheen Obsidian can help us to “wake up” and to understand what is really happening in the world around us, and to face that reality without fear or denial. It invites us instead to rise up to the challenge, and to make a positive difference, in whatever way we are most able. Golden Sheen Obsidian connects us both to the strength of the Earth and the wisdom of the heavens, making it an especially good tool for shamanic practitioners and earth medicine healers. It increases psychic sensitivity and is one of the very best stones for crystal ball scrying about future events as well as for manifestation purposes. Golden Sheen Obsidian attracts wealth and prosperity on all levels.

Metaphysical Properties Golden Sheen Obsidian
Chakra Root, Solar Plexus and Sacral
Element Earth
Numerology 1 and 9
Zodiac Sagittarius

Emotional Healing Properties

Golden Sheen Obsidian is a protective and grounding stone, that is especially good for anyone who finds themselves in trouble or simply dissatisfied with their life. It reminds us that we are capable of solving our own problems, and encourages us to take responsibility for the direction that our life is headed. Golden Sheen Obsidian gently reveals what is truly working in our life and what is holding us back. It encourages us to let go of the people, the habits, and the beliefs that no longer serve us. Golden Sheen Obsidian helps us create balance in our life, and to cultivate more peace and joy.

Mental Healing Properties

Golden Sheen Obsidian sharpens our instincts and reveals hidden talents. It is especially good to work with when we are trying to figure out “our purpose” in life and how to go about living it. It reminds us that we are the masters of our own destiny and that we have the intelligence and the heart needed to make our dreams come true. Golden Sheen Obsidian helps us to think sensibly and methodically and to plan effectively, when in pursuit of our loftiest and biggest goals.

Physical Healing Properties

Gold Sheen Obsidian is recommended for anyone who has been living a stressful life for far too long.  It is a healing talisman for stress-related problems in the center and lower part of our body, such as stomach ulcers, digestive issues, pain, or sexual impotence.  It helps us take a good long hard look at the lifestyles we’ve been living and decide whether its worth continuing down that road, or whether it’s time to make some serious changes.  It is especially useful if we’ve gotten stuck in the rut of a stressful life and struggle to imagine there are other choices.  Gold Sheen Obsidian reminds us of our power and helps us to find the right balance of honest practicality and bold dreaming.

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Golden Sheen Obsidian Mineralogy

Where does Golden Sheen Obsidian come from?

Obsidian is found all over the world wherever volcanic activity has occurred.  Gold Sheen Obsidian is mainly found in Mexico.

Mining and Treatments

Obsidian may be found on the surface of the Earth and requires little to no mining to extract. It is much prized by indigenous cultures for crafting weapons, tools, and ornaments.

Obsidian is a natural stone, enhanced only by  cutting and polishing.  However, there are also manmade glasses that are occasionally sold as “Obsidian”.  Real Obsidian is almost always a black stone and a additional colors can usually only be seen in the right conditions.  By contrast, manmade “Obsidian” is usually a vivid artificial color such as lime green or magenta.

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Mineral Family

Obsidian is a rock, rather than a mineral. As an easy way to understand the difference, think of rocks as being like cookies and minerals as being the ingredients which make up those cookies. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! Obsidian is an igneous rock that is formed by lava cooling after a volcanic eruption.  The lava cools and hardens so quickly there is no time for any other crystal growth.  It is sometimes referred to a natural glass, volcanic glass or lava stone.

Golden Sheen Obsidian’s energy works well with its family – other igneous rocks.  Try it in combination with Chinese Writing StoneGarnieriteIndigo GabbroLarvikite Moonstone TourmalinePreseli Bluestone, and Unakite.  Or try combining Mahogany Obsidian other other types of Obsidian like Apache TearBlack, MahoganyRed SheenRainbowSilver Sheen and Snowflake.

Golden Sheen Obsidian Formation and Crystal Associates

Obsidian is formed when lava from a volcanic explosion solidifies so quickly that there is no time for mineral crystals to grow within it. It is sometimes referred as “volcanic glass” due to its glass-like texture. Obsidian is typically jet black, however the inclusion of various minerals can sometimes create colored varieties. In rare cases, Black Obsidian may have a colorful sheen that appears when moved in the light.  This effect is created by small inclusions of water vapor bubbles trapped inside the glass.  These bubbles have been stretched nearly flat in a series of layers which reflect back the light as metallic gold or silver.

Gold Sheen Obsidian’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Green Opal

Mineralogy Golden Sheen Obsidian
Rock Type Igneous Rock
Major Minerals Volcanic Glass
Minor Minerals Feldspar, Hematite
Color Black and gold
Texture Vitreous
Transparency Transparent to opaque
Special Features Iridescent

History of Golden Sheen Obsidian

Obsidian was not included in most early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. However archaeological evidence reveals that Obsidian was used to create some of the very oldest cultural artifacts in human history. In fact, Obsidian was also used by our evolutionary ancestors and cousins!

The very earliest Obsidian tools date to the Oldowan, at the very dawn of the Paleolithic/Stone Age (2.6 million -10,000 BCE). Archaeologists believe that the very earliest hominid to use stone tools was Australopithecus garhi (2.5 million BCE) who lived in Ethiopia and is believed to be one of our direct ancestors. Among the fossil remains for this early hominid are obsidian tools used for chopping, scraping, and piercing. Sometime later two other early hominids began making stone tools; Homo habilis(2.4-1.4 million BCE), whose name means “Handy Man” precisely because he used stone tools, and Homo erectus (1.89 million – 143,000 BCE), the first hominid to stand upright like a modern human. Whether each species discovered stone tools independently, or were taught to use them, is a matter of speculation. Equally so, it is impossible to know whether these tools were purely practical or if they had any spiritual purpose.

Obsidian Arrow

Obsidian Arrowhead

At the dawn of human civilization and writing, we know that Obsidian was definitely being used for ritual purposes. In Egypt, Obsidian knives were used for ceremonial circumcisions, as well as to make mirrors and various decorative objects found in tombs. The actual name “Obsidian” was first used by Pliny the Elder (CE23-79) who named it after a Roman citizen/explorer, Obsius, who “discovered” it in Ethiopia. During the ancient and medieval period, Obsidian was thought to drive out demons, and was used as an aid in rituals. It was also used to heal wounds and alleviate pain.

Obsidian was also widely used in the Americas. In Central and North America, Obsidian was a symbol of Tezcatlipoca, the chief god of the Aztec religion. Tezcatlipoca was the god of night, storms, kings, shamans, war, and beauty. He was depicted as a Jaguar, an incredibly potent symbol for spiritual power and authority. When the Aztecs practiced human sacrifice, it was an Obsidian knife that was wielded. The name Tezcatlipoca translates to mean “smoking mirror,” likely a direct reference to Obsidian mirrors used by Mayan priests for divination and shamanic purposes. These mirrors were carved out of pure Black Obsidian and were said to reveal a person’s flaws as well as the steps needed to make the appropriate change. Obsidian was widely traded throughout both South and North America. Each volcanic explosion creates a unique type of Obsidian, and so it is relatively easy to trace trading routes. In addition to making knives and mirrors, Obsidian was also used to make talismans for protection.

Gold and Silver Sheen Obsidian are mined today in Mexico, but the deposits seems to have been found discovered relatively recently.  Like other varieties of Obsidian, they are easy to carve and take a fine polish.  Sometimes they are even carved into Aztec or Mayan sculptures, as is the case with this Gold Sheen Obsidian jaguar to represent Tezcatlipoca.

Jaguar Gold gold sheen obsidian meaning

Obsidian Jaguar

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