Metaphysically, obsidian is considered a stone of healing, protection and clarity. Wear it around your neck as a shield against negative energy and emotional stress. It helps cleanse the mind and draws out buried issues that cause tension and anxiety. Once these negative energies are released, obsidian helps keep the space protected.
It is a very grounding stone, relating primarily to the root chakra that benefits the stomach, intestines and muscle tissue. It sharpens intuition and vision (who doesn't need that?), and helps see through life's illusions. This sharpness is also represented in it's physical property, as obsidian produces a smooth and even edge. It has been used in various tools such as blades, surgical scalpels and arrows throughout the centuries.
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Kim Humphrey not only enjoys creating fun and whimsical designs with beads, she also uses traditional patterns and techniques for all types of bead jewelry.