Golden Obsidian 33-39mm Elephant beads handmade (ETB00686)
Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock.
It is produced when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimum crystal growth. Obsidian is commonly found within the margins of rhyolitic lava flows known as obsidian flows, where the chemical composition (high silica content) induces a high viscosity and polymerization degree of the lava. The inhibition of atomic diffusion through this highly viscous and polymerized lava explains the lack of crystal growth. Obsidian is hard and brittle; it therefore fractures with very sharp edges, which were used in the past in cutting and piercing tools, and has been used experimentally as surgical scalpel blades. ( information from Wikipedia )
Dimensions of beads:
Size: 31 x 24 x 5 - 35 x 27 x 6 mm
- this is only an approximate, the size varies slightly.
** One string about 13 pieces. **
Length: 15.5 inches