Black Obsidian bo•koo™ Drop Pendant

Black Obsidian bo•koo™ Drop Pendant

30.00

bo•koo™ Drops are the pièce de résistance of the bo•koo™ collection. With so many styles and choices, bo•koo™ Drops offer you an unlimited amount of looks to your wardrobe!

Each bo•koo™ drop pendant is individually hand double knotted between each Black Obsidian bead with 100% Silk thread offering you a choice of 14/20kt gold-filled or 0.925 Sterling Silver hand metal forged micup studios’ artisan bead tips matched to your bo•koo™ clasp selection.

Drop dimensions: 0.5”-1”W x 5”L

This item is made to order. Please allow 5 - 14 business days for creation before shipping.

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SHIPPING & RETURN INFO

Estimated Delivery: Creation lead time is approximately 14 days from date of purchase
Delivery Type: USPS Priority Mail post {Insurance & tracking are included}
Returns / Exchanges: micup studio does NOT accept returns or exchanges. If there is an issue with your purchase, please contact me within 3 days after receipt so that we may come to a satisfactory resolution


MINERAL COMPOSTION

Obsidian is naturally occurring volcanic glass {a rock rather than a mineral}, a mixture of cryptocrystalline grains of silica minerals in a glass-like suspension, a super-cooled liquid. Obsidian is formed in the latest stage of volcanic eruptions, the silica left over after most of the other elements and water have been used up are ejected or flow out and rapidly chilled at surface temperatures. Obsidian has been used as a gemstone since antiquity. Obsidian was named after Obsius, a Roman who discovered a similar stone. Obsidian forms when lava cools and whilst it is mineral-like, it is not considered to be a true mineral because its composition is too complex and it does not have a crystalline structure.

ORIGINS

Obsidian is found in places that have experienced volcanic eruptions. Such places include Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Chile, Georgia, Greece, El Salvador, Guatemala, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, Turkey and the United States.

LEGENDS AND LORE

The earliest manufactured mirrors were pieces of polished obsidian.

In addition to its decorative use, obsidian has a practical use. Due to its lack of cleavage, conchoidal fracture and acute edges when broken, it has been used to make smooth and sharp surgical scalpel blades. Obsidian has been used to make arrow heads and blades, as well as ornaments for thousands of years by people such as the pre-Columbian Mesoamericans and the ancient Egyptians.

Obsidian is thought to be a powerful stone that can offer protection against negativity. It is sometimes called "the stone of truth" because it encourages the surfacing of secrets and hidden emotions. Additionally, obsidian is also thought to be a balancing and grounding stone. Traditional Indian belief systems associate obsidian with the root chakra, which governs sexuality and stability. Centuries ago, black obsidian mirrors were used to contact the spirit world, and it is thought to be useful in resolving issues related to past lives. Obsidian is also considered to be particularly useful for those suffering from depression or addiction.

Dr Dee's mirror is a highly polished piece of obsidian which was used as an occult research tool by Elizabethan mathematician, astrologer and magician, John Dee (1527 - 1608/9). It was originally an Aztec cult object and is on display at The British Museum.

Some of the pupils of the eyes of the "Moai" (statues of human figures) on Easter Island that were carved between 1250 and 1500, were made from obsidian.

The Necklace of Renisenib; a gold and obsidian necklace, dated at around 1810 - 1700 BC, was excavated from the Nile Valley by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in 1910 and is now displayed at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Brooklyn Museum, USA, displays various pieces of obsidian in its exhibition of Ancient Egyptian Fragments and Amulets, such as the eye from a coffin and a two finger amulet that would have been placed on a mummy to protect the deceased.