industrial gear necklace with snowflake obsidian
Bohemian-style necklace featuring stacked brass gears with a polished snowflake obsidian cabochon, nestled within a brass gallery bezel, flowing downward to a faceted Egyptian quartz point suspended in a recycled .22 magnum bullet casing, which I decorated with brass filigree and a glittering Swarovski gemstone. Full pendant measures approximately 3.5 inches in length and is very lightweight. The 27-inch long brass chain is decorated with complementing beadwork in brass and black tones.
Obsidian was valued in Stone Age cultures because, like flint, it could be fractured to produce sharp blades or arrowheads. Like all glass and some other types of naturally occurring rocks, obsidian breaks with a characteristic conchoidal fracture. It was also polished to create early mirrors. Though not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use on humans, obsidian is used by some surgeons for scalpel blades, as well-crafted obsidian blades have a cutting edge many times sharper than high-quality steel surgical scalpels.
Snowflake Obsidian is a stone of purity. It balances mind body and spirit. Obsidian is a very powerful stone, one which reminds us that birth and death are simultaneously and constantly present one with the other, always as one. This is a stone that has always been associated with guardian spirits that watch over us, and is connected to protection on all levels. Snowflake Obsidian aids in clearer and more logical thinking. Carry this stone to keep others from taking advantage. This stone will reveal what needs to be changed in life to assist one in advancing.