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    RAINBOW OBSIDIAN FREEFORM
    Mexico
    Caused by the swift cooling of volcanic lava, obsidian is not in fact a mineral but a form of glass, with no true crystals. The cooling of the lava is so rapid - even from the typical temperatures between 780 and 820 Celsius - that true crystals have insufficient time to form, but in some instances the similarly-structured crystallites, or grains, form parallel to the flow structure creating the ghostly colored banding suggestive of a rainbow. Also known as "fire" or "iris" obsidian, it is regarded in crystallographic metaphysics to act as a particularly powerful aid to meditation, helping the user to combat shock, fear or barriers. Shimmering seemingly just below the surface of this highly polished freeform are visible shades of green, gold and purple and measuring approximately 7½ x 4 x 2 inches it has been artfully carved to highlight the ethereal patterning.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    8th Sunday
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