This delicate bracelet features mahogany obsidian beads highlighted by sterling silver balls. It is finished with a sterling silver clasp.
This bracelet measures 6.5 inches in length.
You can view other Obsidian jewelry items here, or Sterling Silver items here.
Obsidian is a natural volcanic glass formed by internal crystallites when viscous lava is rapidly cooled, most commonly by water. Obsidian is less fragile than standard window glass, and was often fashioned into sharp cutting edges in the stone ages.
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.
Major sources include Iceland, Italy, Wyoming and Hawaii in the US, Japan and Java.
Sterling silver is a white, highly reflective precious metal composed of 925 parts of pure silver and 75 parts alloy, usually copper. Copper provides the silver with sufficient hardness and wearing qualities, as pure silver is sometimes considered too soft to be used or worn everyday.
At times, we oxidize or "antique" our finished sterling pieces to blacken the recessed areas, and then rub the rest of the piece to a high white shine. Oxidizing can give a piece of jewelry wonderful depth and rustic feel.