Obsidian, Snowflake

Gentle Protection

Release tension and pain from the heart and body.

Soothe yourself during times of stress and trauma.

See the beauty within yourself and in all things.

Be resilient and capable of changing gracefully.

Find deep inner peace and mental clarity!


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Mineralogy of Snowflake Obsidian

Raw Snowflake Obsidian

Raw Snowflake Obsidian, Black Spring, Black Rock Desert, Utah, USA

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

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

Location: Snowflake Obsidian deposits are found in Mexico and the United States (New Mexico and Utah).

snowflake-obsidian mine locations

Rock Family: Snowflake 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! Snowflake Obsidian is an igneous rock made of volcanic glass and Spherulite, with minor inclusions of Hematite and Feldspar.

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, however the inclusion of various minerals can create colored varieties and sheens. Snowflake Obsidian is a type of Black Obsidian which has inclusions of white-grey Spherulites.

Mining: Snowflake Obsidian may be found on the surface of the Earth and requires little to no mining to extract.

Snowflake Obsidian Mine, Black Rock Desert, Utah

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

Synonyms: Volcanic Glass

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Raw Snowflake Obsidian, Snowflake Obsidian Mine by Utah Geological Survey

History of Snowflake Obsidian

Snowflake Obsidian was “discovered” relatively recently by the metaphysical community and so it was not included in any early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. However, Black Obsidian was used by many nearby indigenous cultures to make weapons, tools, and ornaments, as well as for healing and spiritual purposes. From this it can be inferred that Snowflake Obsidian would have been similarly used. 

For more information see: Black Obsidian and Apache Tear Obsidian


Healing Properties of Snowflake Obsidian

Spiritual: Snowflake Obsidian has a slightly softer energy than pure black Obsidian. It helps reveal the unnecessary habits and beliefs that limit our lives. When used with conscious intent, Snowflake Obsidian deepens meditation to a remarkable degree and helps to reveal the incredible love and beauty inherent in the universe. It increases psychic sensitivity and the ability to communicate with lost loved ones. Snowflake Obsidian is attuned to the Root and Third Eye Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Virgo and Sagittarius. It is connected to the element of Earth; and vibrates to the numbers 1 and 8.

Emotional: Snowflake Obsidian is a protective and gentle stone for anyone who is experiencing shock or trauma. It helps us to purify ourselves after pain and suffering so we can recover our balance and resume our normal life. Snowflake Obsidian can help us find the silver lining within difficult situations and is particularly good for reducing feelings of loneliness. It has a strong energy that gently reminds us to take charge of our own life and do the work to shift our reality.

Mental: Snowflake Obsidian helps us sharpen our senses and intellect. It is an incredibly calming stone for the mind, soothing away emotional stress so that you can be receptive to new ideas. Snowflake Obsidian ensures that our thinking is grounded so we don’t waste our time. When used with intention, Snowflake Obsidian is a fantastic stone for critical thinking and being able to see the big picture as well as all the details.

Physical: Snowflake Obsidian is often used by metaphysical healers to help relieve pain and tension throughout the body. It has also been used to help treat aching bones and improve circulation.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Earth to PocketTumbled Snowflake Obsidian Stone

Earth to Pocket is the Moonrise Crystal business mission. It’s the promise that any stones purchased here will be consciously sourced and the journey of the stone, from the Earth and into your Pocket, will be as transparent as possible.

These Snowflake Obsidians were mined in the United States and tumbled in South Africa.

I met the owner of the South African tumbling company at the 2014 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. This company only sells tumbled stones twice a year, once at the Tucson show and later at the Sainte Marie Aux Mines International Mineral and Gem Expo in Provence, France. They offer the largest selection of high quality tumbled stones in the industry, and are one of my favorite suppliers.

It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Snowflake Obsidian for you.

Your Stone

Tumbled Snowflake Obsidian StoneThis price is for one stone. You can buy a single Snowflake Obsidian or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Snowflake Obsidian measures approximately 1 inch at its longest length and has a unique shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.

The stone I choose for you will be smooth, free of chips and cracks, and have a visually pleasing pattern of grey-white spots and splotches on a pure black background. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.

With their unique patterns and clean energies, these Snowflake Obsidians are perfect for crystal healing. Add them to a medicine bag, place them on an altar, fashion them into jewelry, or simply carry them in your pocket.

Safe Handling of Snowflake Obsidian


Obsidian is a type of natural glass and so can easily break or chip! They should not be casually carried in a pocket or in a medicine bag. They are best kept as collectors pieces or on an altar, handling with care.

Good to Know:

Snowflake Obsidian can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.

Snowflake Obsidian can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.

Tumbled and fully smooth Snowflake Obsidian can be safely used to make direct-infusion “Snowflake Obsidian Water” for drinking or bathing. Before making any direct-infusion elixir ALWAYS check the mineralogical properties of the stone to ensure it is not toxic. Only use fully tumbled stones or natural Quartz points in direct-infusion elixirs, never rough stones. When in doubt, make an indirect-infusion elixir instead.

Snowflake Obsidian can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.


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