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Obsidian is considered the stone of the Mayan and Aztecs. The volcanic rock was so abondant in the region that they used it for pretty much everything from utensils, to jewellery to weapons and therefore never really developed metallurgy. Obsidian had more value than Gold.
3 Facts About Obsidian
Obsidian is a natural volcanic glass, formed when lava solidifies so quickly that mineral crystals do not have time to grow. The name Obsidian simply refers to glassy texture, and technically obsidian can have any chemical composition. However,
is similar in composition to rhyolite, and is commonly found on the outer edges of rhyolite domes and flows. Like rhyolite, Obsidian can show flow-banding. It is also found along the rapidly cooled edges of dykes and sills. Obsidian is typically
jet-black, although the presence of hematite (iron oxide) produces red and brown varieties, and the inclusion of tiny gas bubbles can create a golden sheen.
Legend & Folklore
The Aztects fashioned flat sheets of Obsidian into scrying mirrors, and ancient peoples created arrowheads and axes with magical properties. A strongly protective stone, Obsidian forms a shield against negativity, providing a grounding cord from the base chakra to the center of the earth. It absorbs negative energy from the environments and blocks psychic attack and negative spiritual influences. Obsidian brings clarity to the mind and clears confusion. Providing deep soul healing, Obsidian goes back to past lives to heal festering emotions or trauma carried forward into the present, bringing depth and clarity to emotions.
The Enigmatic Tales & Symbolism Of Obsidian
When the Spaniards set foot for the first time in the Mayan lands, they were fascinated by this ancient civilization, which seemed so superior in their crafts and sciences such as astrology and physics despite having been unknown to outside world and existing in seclusion. Central to Mayan technology was the profound use of a special stone, known as Obsidian.
Mexica and Totonac leaders meet to talk politics and trade.
Obsidian is an igneous rock formed by the rapid cooling and hardening of the volcanic lava. The volcanic glass stone was used in trading by Mayan merchants, dating as far back as 100 years BC. Given the abundance of obsidian found in the area and its high value, it was considered most precious, whereas interestingly, precious metals known to us, such as gold, never played a key role in the Mayan society.
Ceremonial Aztec knife made of flaked obsidian.
The Obsidian can produce rock fragments with very sharp edges. In fact, it is so sharp that it is still used in surgical tools today. In ancient Mexican culture this stone was called Itzli, literally the god of stone, as it was used to make weapons for war as well as cutting tools for everyday use.
Itzpapalotl Obsidian Butterfly Goddess Of The Stars
The precious stone further played a central role in jewelry and ritual items. Still today, it is widely believed that the Obsidian is a protective stone that shields against negative energy. Given its sharpness, the stone is considered to pierce into darkness to reveal the truth itself.
For MYKU, we chose the most charismatic pieces that deserved to be showcased in our timepieces. Requiring the sharpest precision of the most skilled craftsmen to reveal the stone’s striking sheen, the final product is an elegant and enigmatic timepiece, making it the perfect gift for the special one.
Behind the scene
All of our products are designed and developed in house, from the initial sketch to prototype. Cutting stones to reveal the inner, layered beauty which takes millions of years to form, requires high precision and meticulous skills from our craftsmen in Germany. Each cut results in a unique stone face. It is then sent to our Swiss partner who carefully crafted every mechanism of the watch. Our close collaborations are built on experience and expertise in different areas alongside a shared passion for detail.
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