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canid
25-04-2010, 22:38
Has anyone seen this? I googled to no avail. No, I don't have a pic because I saw this at a rock show yesterday but I didn't have money to buy it. Durn. It was black, sorta dull glittery in its natural state, but where it was polished it looked like black goldstone. The proprietor said it was sparkly obsidian. It was stunning!

jcwirish
25-04-2010, 23:02
I looked for it too for you. Can't find it anywhere. Maybe he didn't have the correct name for it?

canid
25-04-2010, 23:09
He seemed pretty certain, but I don't know. It couldn't have been black goldstone because it was definitely not manmade. Sure was pretty, shiny as glass.

Apollonia
26-04-2010, 00:19
Might it have been specular hematite?

Fostha
26-04-2010, 00:21
Have you googled "snowflake obsidian"? Thats standard obsidian with little white flecky spots(that resemble snowflakes...hence the name) A lovely stone too.:) HTH

canid
26-04-2010, 01:26
Have you googled "snowflake obsidian"? Thats standard obsidian with little white flecky spots(that resemble snowflakes...hence the name) A lovely stone too.:) HTH

Nope, it didn't look anything like snowflake obsidian. It was an obsidian I'd never seen or heard of. Teeny tiny flakes of 'glitter', similar to gold stone. But that's manmade.

Apollonia
26-04-2010, 02:11
Are you absolutely certain it was obsidian? I ask because the piece of specular hematite I purchased was mislabeled obsidian (and by an otherwise pretty knowledable dealer), but I found out later that it's a type of hematite.

Black and teeming with gorgeous shiny flecks,like the night sky. Dull and glittery on the unpolished side, kind of like fabric with a sheen.

I couldn't find a great image of it on short notice, but here's a representative photo:
http://www.bestcrystals.com/html/kids/images/KD-58b.jpg

BodhiSeed
26-04-2010, 02:16
Perhaps nuummite?
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://topgems.homestead.com/0140_nuummite-a.jpg&imgrefurl=http://topgems.homestead.com/nuummite_nuumite.html&usg=__1_uS4VE_deEc5YML2uzcXj4nORI=&h=345&w=285&sz=21&hl=en&start=4&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=JbUymcRrJXv3PM:&tbnh=120&tbnw=99&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dnuummite%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client% 3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DX%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26tbs%3Disch:1

Or astrophylite?
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.crystalcavern.com/media/1719.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.crystalcavern.com/en-us/astrophylite_tumbled_stones.html&usg=__Yjl5olmrPhFrHguMF5qO58yG9YI=&h=200&w=200&sz=14&hl=en&start=3&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=7pOyxcSUvHQltM:&tbnh=104&tbnw=104&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dastrophylite%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26cli ent%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DG%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26tbs%3Disch:1

canid
26-04-2010, 02:46
Are you absolutely certain it was obsidian? I ask because the piece of specular hematite I purchased was mislabeled obsidian (and by an otherwise pretty knowledable dealer), but I found out later that it's a type of hematite.

Black and teeming with gorgeous shiny flecks,like the night sky. Dull and glittery on the unpolished side, kind of like fabric with a sheen.

I couldn't find a great image of it on short notice, but here's a representative photo:
http://www.bestcrystals.com/html/kids/images/KD-58b.jpg

Ding ding ding! And the winner is...yup, that was it; he was wrong. Thank you! Isn't it just beautiful?!

canid
26-04-2010, 02:47
Perhaps nuummite?
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://topgems.homestead.com/0140_nuummite-a.jpg&imgrefurl=http://topgems.homestead.com/nuummite_nuumite.html&usg=__1_uS4VE_deEc5YML2uzcXj4nORI=&h=345&w=285&sz=21&hl=en&start=4&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=JbUymcRrJXv3PM:&tbnh=120&tbnw=99&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dnuummite%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client% 3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DX%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26tbs%3Disch:1

Or astrophylite?
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.crystalcavern.com/media/1719.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.crystalcavern.com/en-us/astrophylite_tumbled_stones.html&usg=__Yjl5olmrPhFrHguMF5qO58yG9YI=&h=200&w=200&sz=14&hl=en&start=3&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=7pOyxcSUvHQltM:&tbnh=104&tbnw=104&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dastrophylite%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26cli ent%3Dfirefox-a%26sa%3DG%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26tbs%3Disch:1

I've never even heard of those stones - they're gorgeous!

Apollonia
26-04-2010, 03:13
Ding ding ding! And the winner is...yup, that was it; he was wrong. Thank you! Isn't it just beautiful?!

Yes, absolutely stunning. I was mesmerized by it.

ncharge
26-04-2010, 04:13
Are you sure it wasn't gold sheen or silver sheen obsidian? I have both. I also have the nuumite and astrophylite. Nuumite and astrophylite have chatoyant streaks, not sparkles. The gold and silver sheen obsidians have the sparkles. Silver sheen obsidian is often used for divination. A quick google search will bring up all kinds of examples.

canid
26-04-2010, 04:26
Are you sure it wasn't gold sheen or silver sheen obsidian? I have both. I also have the nuumite and astrophylite. Nuumite and astrophylite have chatoyant streaks, not sparkles. The gold and silver sheen obsidians have the sparkles. Silver sheen obsidian is often used for divination. A quick google search will bring up all kinds of examples.

Nope, it's definitely specular hematite.

JennyNY39
03-05-2010, 12:37
I have a gorgeous Specular hematite. I could look at it sparkling for hours! :)

WanderingPersona
05-05-2010, 12:43
I'm glad you got your answer. Plus it gave the rest of us a chance to see what you were so excited about. :] I hope you can find a piece that you can afford. But maybe it's a good thing that you didn't have the money because with mislabeled gems who knows if you would have been ripped off.