pendant, Buddhist amulet, bodhisattva Samantabhadra, obsidian ice
Before going into the details of this piece, we would like to warn our readers against the numerous counterfeits of the molded glass obsidian. Obsidian being a natural volcanic vitrification, it is easy to counterfeit this material. Only a detailed examination with the eye, the magnifying glass and the microscope can unravel the true from the false. As obsidian ice is relatively rare, a very low price should alert the future purchaser. Extraction on the production site, transport, pruning, trading, all at once. We carefully examine our obsidians to ensure their authenticity to our customers.
We are able to provide a certificate of authenticity on request.
- Obsidian is a natural glass, it is produced during a silica-rich lava emission containing very little water (-3%). When it leaves the volcano, it undergoes a very rapid cooling that freezes the crystallization mechanisms. "It's like a piece of lava frozen as it emerges from the volcano."
- Obsidian forms so quickly that atoms are unable to organize into crystalstructures. The result is a volcanic glass with a smooth, uniform texture. Due to the lack of crystalline structure, the obsidian has sharp stops and extremely fine blades.
- It is a natural mineral material that has a composition too complex to be composed of a simple mineral. However, obsidian consists mainly of SiO2 (silicon dioxide), usually 70% or more.
- Its fracture is clearly conchoidal and its hardness on the Mohs scale is between 7 and 7.5 (it scratches the glass).
- Black is the most common obsidian color. However, it can also be brown or green. Rarely, obsidian can be blue, red, orange or yellow.
-The color difference appears due to changes in impurities and the oxidation state of chemical elements.
- It is a dark colored stone, due to its richness of magnesium and iron. The surface of this gemstone is made up of beautiful patterns in the form of streaks, patches, stains, inclusions or stripes of color. These various modes are created naturally at the time of the formation of the stone.
- Sometimes two obsidian colors blend together into a single specimen. The most common colour combination is black and brown, known as the mahogany Obsidian.
- Obsidian may also have an iridescent or metallic appearance caused by the luminous reflection of tiny inclusions of mineral crystals, rock debris or gas. These specimens are highly coveted for jewelry making.
Samantabhadra refers to either the contemporary bodhisattva of Gautama Shakyamuni, of particular importance in the Tiantai and Huayan schools, or the Adibouddha or primordial Buddha of Vajrayana, Tantric Buddhism. This great bodhisattva is known as Puxian Pusa in Chinese, Fugen in Japanese and Pho Hie Bo Tet in Vietnamese; Adi Buddha is called Kuntu bzang-po in Tibetan and Qamugha Sain in Mongolian. Its original Sanskrit name can mean "all-excellent," "all-auspicious" or "all-virtuous," or "Universal Excellence."
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