Obsidian, Silver-Sheen



Embrace your personal gifts and powers.

Manifest your dreams and have good luck.

See yourself honestly and act with honor. 

Be patient with yourself and your process.

Let Silver Sheen Obsidian inspire actualization!

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Healing Properties of Silver Sheen Obsidian

Spiritual: Silver Sheen Obsidian has a higher vibration that pure Black Obsidian.  It has a calm, cool energy that helps us to be directly conscious of what is happening inside us and around us, and to face that reality without fear or denial.   It invites us rise up to whatever challenges we are faced with and to make good choices.  It helps us to realize that thoughts and feelings don’t need to be magnified or over-analyzed.  Our internal dialogue is just information about what is happening outside and inside of us.  Silver Sheen Obsidian helps us to realize that what truly matters is what we do with that information; what actions we take or choose to resist.  Silver Sheen Obsidian helps us to know what actions will serve us best and serve the Highest Good.  Silver 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 offers protection during spiritual travels and helps us keep our soul and body linked so we don’t get lost.  Silver Sheen Obsidian increases psychic sensitivity and is one of the very best stones for crystal ball scrying in order to solve problems or gain clarity about hidden motivations.  Its energy pierces right through the fog and illuminates Truth.    Silver Sheen Obsidian is attuned to the Root, Throat and Third Eye; is linked to Sagittarius and the elements of Earth and Storm; and vibrates to the numbers 2.

Emotional: Silver Sheen Obsidian is a protective and grounding stone, that is especially good for anyone who finds themselves in trouble or 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 and to adjust as needed.  Silver Sheen Obsidian gives us a ‘silver tongue’ able to communicate clearly about difficult topics.  It helps us choose our words wisely and to understand the emotional impact of our words as we are speaking so that we can adjust our message to the audience in real time.  Silver Sheen Obsidian gives us patience so that we can continue along a correct path, even if we feel discouraged or frustrated.  It helps us to be the conscious grown-up in the room when other people might be falling apart or letting their subconscious rule them.  Silver Sheen Obsidian also helps us to be more compassionate with ourselves and others, especially if we have a tendency to judge too harshly.

Mental: Silver Sheen Obsidian sharpens our instincts and reveals hidden talents.   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.  Silver  Sheen Obsidian helps us to think sensibly and plan effectively.  Silver Sheen Obsidian helps us to attract and take advantage of good opportunities.  It is an excellent talisman for leaders and business owners in particular, but can help anyone to be more successful in their career.  Silver Sheen Obsidian reminds us to keep our long-term goals in the forefront of our mind and to actively work towards them every day.

Physical: Silver Sheen Obsidian is used by metaphysical healers to help treat depression, anxiety and other mental/emotional disorders.  It is also said to be helpful for anyone suffering from chronic or long-term illnesses that require a more complex healing strategy.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Rough Silver Sheen Obsidian, Glass Buttes, Oregon, USAMineralogy of Silver Sheen Obsidian

Rock Family: Igneous Rock
Major Mineral: Volcanic Glass
Minor Minerals: Feldspar, Hematite

Color: Black, gray
Gravity: 2.35-2.6
Hardness: 5-5.5
Texture: Vitreous
Transparency: Transparent to opaque

Location: Obsidian is found all over the world; however, Golden and Silver Sheen Obsidian are most likely to be mined in Mexico and the United States (Oregon).

obsidian map

Rock Family: Obsidian is not a mineral, but rather a rock. An easy way to understand the difference is that rocks are like cookies and minerals are ingredients like flour or sugar. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! In the case of Black Obsidian, it is an igneous rock made of black volcanic glass.

Formation: 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, but in rare cases can have a golden or silver “sheen”.  This is created by small inclusions of waver vapor bubbles trapped in the glass.  These bubbles have been stretched nearly flat in a series of layers, which reflect back light with a metallic glow.  Sometimes the bubbles can be seen with the naked eye, but others are small enough to require a microscope.  

Mining: 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.

Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Oregon

Enhancements: All Obsidian is natural, enhanced only through tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Synonyms: Volcanic Glass, Natural Glass

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Obsidian, Newberry National Volcanic Monument

History of Silver Sheen Obsidian

Silver Sheen Obsidian is relatively new to the metaphysical world and was not included in any early lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers.  In fact, the Obsidian family as a whole was rarely included in older lapidaries.  Despite this, archaeological evidence reveals that Obsidian was used to create some of the very oldest cultural artifacts in human history.  Tepeyollotl_1In fact, Obsidian was also used by our evolutionary ancestors and cousins! Which makes it one of the few healing crystals that can help us understand who we are, where we came from, and perhaps where we are going.  To learn more about the history of Obsidian in general, please see the history tab for Black Obsidian.

Modern lapidaries will almost always include Obsidian.  Sometimes it’s just the more common black variety.  Sometimes lapidaries discuss the rarer varieties such as Mahogany and Snowflake or the various Sheen Obsidians, such as Gold, Rainbow, Red or Silver.  Sheen Obsidians are found primarily in Mexico.      

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 said to reveal a person’s flaws as well as the steps needed to make the appropriate change. In addition to making knives and mirrors, Obsidian was also used to make talismans for protection.

Photos: Tezcatlipoca

Ethically Sourced Silver Sheen Obsidian



The Miners tumble and polish their own stock.

The Miners sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.






The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is exceptionally short and clean.

The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.

The Mine and Lapidary are owned by the same family.



The Mine

This Silver Sheen Obsidian comes from a small family-owned mine in Guadalajara, Mexico.  

It causes only minor environmental damage and has safe conditions for workers. 

Learn More: Ethical Mining


The Lapidary

This Silver Sheen Obsidian was polished in Guadalajara, Mexico.    

The polishing factory is managed by the mine owner’s son.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The business is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary


Sourcing Relationship

I originally had Silver Sheen Obsidian from another source with more middlemen involved.  I connected directly with my current source at the 2019 Gem and Mineral Show in Denver, Colorado.  They work exclusively in Obsidian, both pure black and rarer varieties such as Rainbow Obsidian, Gold Sheen and Silver Sheen.  I learned that the father had been mining Obsidian his whole life and that when his children became adults, they decided to start a polishing factory and direct import to the US.  Their stock is exquisite, both the quality of the stone and the polishing techniques.  I am very happy to do business with them.

Safe Handling of Silver Sheen Obsidian

Silver Sheen Obsidian

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Silver Sheen Obsidian

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Mexico

Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.


  • Color: Black with flashing silver sheen
  • Polish: Shiny and completely smooth
  • Quality: AAA
  • Shape: Round
  • Size: Average size is 1.25 in / 32mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is 1 oz / 28 g / 141 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.


  1. Gina R. (New Hampshire)

    I love when packages arrive from Julie! Beautiful stone, safely packaged and shipped fast. Thank you so much!

  2. Ronda P. (California)

    Beautiful smooth stones with amazing silver sheen. Packaged really well & arrived quickly. Thank you so much!

  3. Beth S. (Kentucky)

    When this big, beautiful Silver Sheen Obsidian came out of its packaging I felt pure joy. What beauty and presence it has! The silvery sheen is as bright as it looks in the photo, and one particular bubble, a little bigger, sparkles like a star in the night sky. For me, it wears more comfortably than most Obsidians. That is, I can carry it all day without it becoming too much and I slept soundly with it in the pillow case the other night with dreams of starry skies.

  4. Luke S. (Florida)

    gorgeous crystal, the silver sheen is stunning & gentle!

  5. Michael H. (Arizona)

    Exactly what you’d expect from the listing, this is the third purchase I’ve made from the seller that hit some very demanding expectations. Beautiful piece, excellent shop.

  6. Marisa C. (Michigan)

    Julie even took the time to match a previous purchase, I can feel the care, they compliment each other perfectly

  7. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    The silver sheen obsidian is really cool! The flashy sheen it has is really beautiful! I love how it goes from dark to light! Shipped quickly and well packed! Thank you!

  8. Katie P. (Ohio)

    What a gorgeous stone. It feels perfect! Thank you Julie

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