Black Obsidian Square Beads Strand
Beautiful obsidian beads will make your next creation even more beautiful. These are lovely square beads with a few snowflakes.
Gemstone Name: Obsidian
Strand Length: 16 inches
# of Items: 34
Obsidian (ub-SIH-dee-in) is a natural glass that forms from volcanic activity. The gemstone is made of the same minerals as granite, but cools so quickly when exposed to air that the minerals do not have time to crystallize. Some inclusions can be bubbles or crystals, creating a random pattern such as snowflake. Obsidian is extremely rich in silica (about 35-80%) and is low in water. It may first have been discovered in Ethiopia by a man named Obsius, from whom its name is derived. Obsidian is fairly fragile, being only slightly harder than window glass. It scratches very easily and sharp blows are likely to crack it.
Obsidian has been used for tool making since at least 21,000 B.C. and used in jewelry for many centuries. American Indians used it for arrowheads, and the Aztecs used a great deal of obsidian for items such as sacrificial knives and mirrors. Today, obsidian is used for dating; the stone weathers slowly at a uniform rate, and the thickness of the weathered layer is measured microscopically and gauged against known standards to give a date in years. Major sources include Iceland, Italy, the U.S.A. (especially Wyoming and Hawaii), Japan and Java.
All attempts have been made to photograph these items correctly in the natural light. However, colors can/do vary with everyone's individual monitors.
You may not receive the exact strand shown in the picture. However, the strand you receive will be very similar.
If you have any questions, please contact me prior to purchasing.
First Item: $3.50
Additional Items: $0.50
Payment: Payment should be made via Paypal within 3 days of purchase.
Sales Tax: Arizona residents will be charged sales tax.
All attempts have been made to photograph these items correctly in the natural light. However, colors can/do vary with everyone's individual monitors. If you have questions about the colors - please contact me before purchasing any items.
Packaging: Items will be are packed carefully and shipped in a box and/or a padded envelope using USPS First Class mail. Most items will be shipped within 24 to 48 hours unless I am out of town.
Custom Fees: Buyer is responsible for any Custom Fees charged.
Your order will be shipped to the address you provide at checkout. Be certain that your name and address is correct. I am not responsible for shipping to an address that is not listed correctly by the buyer.
I am not responsible for orders that are lost or damaged in the mail, this needs to be taken up with the USPS.
Insurance, delivery confirmation and faster shipping is available for an additional charge upon your request. This request should be made prior to payment.
Items with FREE SHIPPING will be sent via USPS First Class. If you wish to have any other shipping method or insurance, these additional fees will be added per your request and you are responsible for the extra shipping charge. Upon your request for any of these items, a revised invoice will be sent to you via PayPal.
Returns: If you aren't happy with your purchase, just contact me upon receipt of your item. I will gladly refund your money, less shipping charges, Artier and PayPal fees and a 15% restocking charge, once the item is received back in its original condition and with prior approval from me.
Thank you for this order of interesting beads. I was surprised at the depth of color of the sodalite, as so often it looks somewhat washed out. The red malachite is fascinating, with its look of layers of sand and sediment -- a good geological representation of much of your state.
The color of these beads is really lovely and unusual -- soft without being pale. Thank you.
Beautiful beads. As usual the beads arrive packaged and labeled, which is such a treat for me. Thank you.
Your gemstones are always very high quality and I enjoy shopping with you.