Molten lava that cooled so quickly it crystallised.

It is an excellent grounding stone which connects the root chakra to the centre of the earth. It also provides a shield against negativity and transforms negative vibrations within the environment. It works fast and with great power, as it works without boundaries and limitations.

It is said to be truth enhancing and will expose flaws, weaknesses and blockages. It assists in growth and is highly protective (blocks psychic attack and removes negative spiritual influences). Large pieces of obsidian can block Geopathic stress or soak up environmental pollution.

It is said to be able to draw out mental stress and tension it is calming, vitalises soul’s purpose, brings clarity, expands consciousness and dissolves emotional blockages.

Chakra: Root

Folk Remedies:

It is believed to help give insight into the cause of dis-ease, aids digestion, and dissolves blockages, reduces pain, arthritis, cramps, joint problems, stanches bleeding, circulation and warms extremities.

Feng Shui: Placed in the north for personal journeys and in the centre for grounding and protection.


Ideal for scrying (gazing), it is creative, forces one to face up to one’s true self, can go back to past lives for healing, protective, repels negativity and provides support during change and helps break through mental barriers.

Chakra: Root


It aids astral travel (gives purpose and direction), enhances communication, facilitates divination and enhances telepathy. It is said to be beneficial in Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and multiple personality disorder.

Chakra: Throat – opens the aura to receive healing.

Blue – Electric

It enhances communication, assists in oration and articulation and in comprehension and pronunciation of new languages. It is highly spiritual ideal for; divination, shamanic journeying, assists in inner journeys, psychic communication and past life regression. Ideal for astral travel and is said to benefit eyes, speech, pain, and brings mental clarity.

Chakra: Throat


It promotes speaking from the heart and to understand communication with the heart. It aids reiki healing, and brings balance (mind, body and spirit). It helps in the assimilation of vitamins A and E and is said to enhance night vision.

Chakra: Throat and heart.


It can help remove hook up cords from others and protects against repetition in healing. It is said to be of benefit to the gall bladder and the heart.

Chakra: Heart


It enhances growth and spiritual awareness it also enhances clairvoyance, intuition and also creates a link between intuition and intellect. It is also said it can provide a euphoric state during meditation.

Chakra: Crown and Third Eye


It is said to bring light and love to one’s life and allows recognition of the nature. Spiritual side, it is ideal for scrying (especially for matters of love, relationships and total development). Its energy is gentler however is has a strong protective It can be used to cut cords and can absorb negative energy from the aura as well as removing stress.

Chakra: Root


It brings balance of male and female energies and enhances stability. It is also thought to treat disorders of the blood and spleen.

Chakra: Root, Sacral


It raises Kundalini energy brining vitality and virility it is also said to help treat fevers and chills.

Chakra: Sacral and root


See Apache tear

Obsidian - Apache Tear / Smokey

This is a form of Obsidian also see properties of Obsidian.

The stones are said to bring good luck to those possessing them. Black obsidian is a powerful Meditation stone. The purpose of this gemstone is to bring to light that which is hidden from the conscious mind, it brings up negativity slowly so that it can be transmuted. It dissolves suppressed negative patterns and purifies them. It can create a somewhat radical behaviour change as new positive attitudes replace old, negative, egocentric patterns. The Apache tears are also said to balance the emotional nature and protect one from being taken advantage of whilst also promoting forgiveness. It can be carried as an amulet to stimulate success in business endeavours.

Chakra: Root – grounding and protection

Folk Remedies:

Eases and releases pain, loss/grief, sadness, and anger, to help heal and go on with life. For looking within, protection, vision quest/purpose. Gently grounds and unblocks lower body and endocrine glands.

Feng Shui:

This stone is used in any direction in order to attract good luck and protection.

Hardness: 5-5.5

Chemical composition: SIO2

Additional information:

The name “Apache tear” comes from a legend of the Apache tribe: about 75 Apaches and the US Cavalry fought on a mountain in the 1870s, outnumbered and facing defeat; the Apache warriors rode their horses off the mountain to their deaths rather than be killed. The wives and families of the warriors cried when they heard of the tragedy; their tears turned into stone on hitting the ground.

Obsidian - Gold Sheen

It can also be used for scrying and can provide information with regards to the root of a situation (taking you to the past and the future). It is said to be able to show you what is needed to achieve healing. It can balance energy fields and assists in elimination of ego conflicts. As an elixir it benefits the eyes. It is thought to benefit misalignment of vertebrae, spasmodic conditions and circulatory disorders.

Chakra: Solar Plexus

Obsidian - Mahogany

It has a softer gentler energy compared to the black obsidian. It also resonates with the earth providing grounding, stabilising and protection it can be used to stimulate growth (physical, emotional and intellectual) and will provide strength in times of need. It can help fulfil one’s aspirations and can be used to eliminate energy blockages (including psychic cords) and releases tension.   It protects against psychic attack by those who wish to cause harm or those who might inadvertently do so.

It is said to be strengthening for the auric field and thus giving further protection.  It boosts self worth or mental/emotional self-limitation.  It is also said to be a strong healer for humiliation and abuse on the mind/body/spirit levels by removing memory pathways.  It assists in tapping into one’s full potential in all areas.

Mahogany Obsidian is used in dream work. It is also used to create a mind open to a full of a state of abundance rather than scarcity, which can open one to opportunities for abundance and assist in bringing prosperity.

Chakra: Solar plexus, sacral and root.

Folk Remedies:

It is said to be of benefit for; detoxifying organs and tissues, kidneys, pain relief, menopause, hormone balancing, and circulation.

Hardness: 5 -5.5

Chemical Composition: SiO2 with Fe


Obsidian - Snowflake

It can help identify unnecessary patterns which remain in one’s life and to help re design thought patterns. It brings with it serenity of the isolated state and brings a meditative state. Snowflake obsidian teaches the value of mistakes as well as successes. It also promotes love and beauty, it is also known as a state of purity and balance for the body. It is believed to benefit veins, bones and as an elixir it is beneficial for the eyes.

Chakra: Root and sacral chakra.

Hardness: 6-7

Obsidian - Spiders Web

This obsidian is characterized by the’spider web’ patterns and markings.


It connects to the third eye stimulating inner vision and is helpful in assisting one to be able to see the ‘bigger picture’ and having clarity and knowledge of what is in one’s highest good.

 Like all obsidian’s it is a highly protective stone shielding against all forms of negativity.  Spiders web obsidian is also highly useful for clearing blockages that hold one back from reaching one’s true potential.

Chakra: Third eye

Feng Shui: 

Place in south east for family, health, prosperity and abundance.  It ensures flow of life force energy.


This is a form of Chalcedony.

It centres and aligns with the higher powers, giving strength and provides support (during confusing, difficult and stressful situations). It can be used to banish grief, enhance self-control and aid wise decision making. Onyx brings vigour, steadfastness and stamina whilst aiding us to learn lessons. It enhances good fortune and happiness, imparting self-confidence and is beneficial in past life work. It is said to act as a mental tonic and can help ease overwhelming fears or worry.

Chakra: Root

Folk Remedies:

It is believed to be of benefit for teeth and bones and also in the treatment of bone marrow disorders.

Hardness: 7                                                                            

Chemical Composition: SiO2


This is has a fine vibration it is said to enhance cosmic consciousness and said to induce psychic and mystical visions. It is said to amplify ones traits and characteristics which can aid in overcoming ones lesser attributes notably that this can be intense for some and those who are not ready to look at themselves and see the truth that lies before them.

It is a karmic stone that teaches us what is sent out will come back. It is creative and protective when properly programmed. It is sometimes known as a stone of happy dreams and changes these arise from an understanding of personal and higher potential. It has been used by shamans to invoke visions. Opal contains water and therefore has a strong connection with emotions, it can enhance self worth, bring lightness and spontaneity.

Brings love and passion and can release inhibitions.

Chakra: Crown, heart and third eye.

Folk Remedies:                                                                 

It is believed to strengthen the will to live, fevers, strengthens memory, beneficial for Parkinson’s disease, purify the blood and kidneys. It is also thought to benefit the eyes and provide comfort in child birth.

Note: If you feel uncomfortable using Opal or find that your emotions become too intense try another type of crystal as a substitute for Opal as it can be too intense for some.


These range from black to grey and are excellent grounders ideal for scrying providing insights into matters of the past, present and future. It can be used for reading eyes to provide insight into the truthfulness and development of the person concerned. It is thought to be an exceptionally lucky stone and dreaming of opal is said that you will receive great possessions.

Chakra: Root and sacral.


It is said to enhance communication skills as well as having an ability to sooth and calm emotions realigning to spiritual purpose. It stimulates creativity, ingenuity, journeying and assisting in releasing past life traumas.

Chakra: Throat

It is also said to help ease fatigue, balancing metabolism and in treating hair loss.


It assists in openness and is cleansing and rejuvenating it can assist in rational fasting where it teaches us an understanding of dietary habits. It brings with it calm and relaxation similar to a state of meditation. Assists in problem solving, stimulates knowledge that you are always the master of your life and brings a spiritual perspective.

Chakra: Heart


It is said that it can stimulate positive aggression and can help reduce hostility and offensive behaviour. It can be used for balancing the left and right brain and ideal for use in NLP for reprogramming thoughts to the positive. It reduces stress and assists in the creation of positive results.

Chakra: Root

It is said to be of benefit for the lungs, liver and stomach.


It provides deep states of natural clarity, balances the right and left brains and can be used in grids to increase their emotional state. It is helpful in business (adept in business) and helps bring inspiration.

Chakra: Crown       

Hardness: 5.5-6.5

Chemical Composition: SiO2nH2O

Opal - Andean

It has a strong spiritual connection and can be used for spiritual journeying and works only for the highest good. It can induce a mild hypnotic trance, instils knowledge of the right action and dispels reaction.

Andean Opal is considered to be a gift from Pachamama, the earliest Inca Goddess of Fruitfulness and Mother Earth, and is wonderfully soothing for children and animals, and adults overwhelmed by life. It is particularly useful for healing old emotional wounds, from this life or past lives, bringing an inner peace to carry one through difficult times. Andean stones promote right action for the highest good and stimulate connection with others and communication from the heart.

It teaches increased awareness of the need to heal the Earth, and are useful for those who manifest and transmute the changing vibration through their own body.

Chakra: Throat and heart.

Folk Remedies:

It is believed to be beneficial for disorders of the heart and lungs, water retention, muscular swelling, spinal dis-alignment and the thymus.

Other Useful Information:

Andean opal is a common Opal from the Andes Mountains of Peru; translucent to opaque, soft pastel blue, blue-green or pink with a pearly sheen, sometimes cut to include the black or beige matrix in the more opaque stones.

Opal - Boulder

It has been used in Homeopathic and Naturopathic remedies to increase the healing energy and to provide directional force. It is also ideal for conditions associated with ageing and fragility and is said to stimulate blood flow.

Chakra: Root

Opal - Crystal

Transparent – semi-transparent precious opal that have a play of colour within them.

It has a strong energy that some may find too intense, especially so if you are not truly ready to do ‘inner work’ as it will relentlessly show you areas that need to be worked on and released which if you are not truly prepared for this intense level of ‘inner work’ can seem overwhelming.

It brings high spirits and inspires creativity on all levels.  They can also be used for scrying. 

Opal - Dendritic

It is a promoter of growth on both physical and spiritual areas it is said to assist in being organised or developing organisational skills. It is also believed to assist blood flow and assist in skeletal system and in disorders of the veins and arteries.

Chakra: Root – strong connections to earth energies.

Opal - Ethiopian

These are a hydrophane Opal forming in nodules within volcanic ash seems in layers of rhyolite.

These are useful for inner stillness and inner strength.  It connects to past, present and future energies. 

Ideal for connecting to ones emotional self in order to release any past hurt or traumas and to fill the space with inner strength and calm peacefulness.

Chakra: Sacral and root

Opal - Fire

It enhances personal power and is said to awaken inner fire whilst protecting against danger. It assists in change, brings clarity to intuition, and supports through emotional turmoil. It can also help release deep feelings of grief.

Chakra: Root, sacral and solar plexus.

It is believed to have strong links with the abdomen and lower back and is beneficial for; kidneys and sexual organs.

Agate - Fire

It is a stone of creativity, individuality, courage, and self-empowerment.

It teaches you to harness and shine to the world you inner God or Goddess.  Where you step fully into your power and develops; self-assertiveness, self-power, self-belief, inner strength, creativity, positivity and courage to follow your path and be true to yourself without being swayed by others views.

Like all agates, it has protection energies, can aid memory, including recall of past lives and is said it can assist one in finding the right mate. It is also a stone of protection in general and from anger, jealousy and fear. In addition it can help with manifestation of one’s desires, and brings good luck and it also helps stabilize energies in the home.

Comes in varying shades of orange, brown, blue, or green and has a strong connection to the energies of the earth so has strong grounding properties and can be beneficial for meditation. Induces a feeling of relaxation and as such aids you to examine and deal with problems in a calm and safe manner. Helps take the edge off difficult experiences. It is recommended for dentists, optometrists, and those in the healing profession.

Chakra: Root/sacral

Folk remedies

It is said to help alleviate problems of the stomach and endocrine system, heal open sores, rejuvenate tissues and cells, rheumatism, kidney stones and other kidney problems, gall stones, colds, pollen allergies, and neuralgia.

Opal - Oregon

It is said that it carries cosmic consciousness and assists in travelling between dimensions. It is can assist in releasing self limiting thoughts. It removes negative energy from all the chakras as well as assisting in clearing energy blockages. It is ideal for past life exploration and karmic healing.

It can be used to look in one’s self and searches for truth revealing deceptions, lies and self-deception that may not have been apparent. It brings joy and lightness, and helps one speak your emotional truth.

Chakra: Crown and solar plexus.

Opal - Pink / Cherry

It helps centre and energise whilst also promoting; accuracy, effectively, clairsentience and clairvoyance. It helps clear headaches caused by unopened third eye.

This is one of the best forms of Opal for ‘inner work’ as its energy is like having your best friend hold your hand and gently nudge you to show you areas where blockages can be released to allow your full potential to shine through.

It softly allows one to see what needs to be worked on and will allow you to do so without the intensity of many of the other opals.

Chakra: Heart, root and sacral.

It is believed to be of benefit for; colitis, constipation, prostate discomfort, spinal disorders, blood disorders, muscle tension and for menopausal symptoms.


Opalite is a man-made stone/glass and as such some believe it to have no healing properties, however there are equally as many who believe Opalite to have healing properties. (As with all information here it is a guide so please feel free to experience and make your mind up for yourself).

It is said to have strong connections to the angelic realm, facilitating closer connections to ones guardian angels.  It is a highly energetic stone and is said to be ideal for meditation, improves communication, removes energy blockages of all the chakras and energy meridians.  It is also said to be of benefit during times of transitions, calming and balancing emotions.  It is also beneficial for all successful business ventures.

Chakra: Crown and third eye.

Folk Remedies:

It is believed to be of benefit for; balancing mood, all body healing (sending energy where it is required), angelic healing, kidneys, blood purification and libido.


Hardness: 5

Chemical Composition: SiO2