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Updated: Jul 12, 2022

Formed when lava cools quickly due to contact with air or water, obsidian is a naturally occurring material. Since it does not demonstrate crystallinity (the structural order of a crystal), it is classified as a mineraloid rather than a mineral. Obsidians are typically black, with variations of browns, greens, or tans. The coloring is dependent upon the type of inclusions (material trapped inside a mineral). Obsidians are made up of around 70% silicon dioxide (a natural compound made up of oxygen and silicon, also commonly known as silica) and have a smooth, glass-like appearance.


During the Stone Age, cultures valued obsidian for its uses. It was used to create arrowheads, sharp blades, other weapons, and tools. It was even used as the first mirror! In more recent years, obsidian has been used for ornaments and beads, and it is still highly valued today.


In our artifacts, such as the Owl figurine’s eyes, we use obsidian to give contrast and depth. Obsidian is thought to block negative energy. It is great for decorative art pieces, as the dark contrast against the gloss and shine brings out the stone's beauty.








(Obsidian Facts: Geology of The World - www.worldatlas.com)


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Soapstone offers three major benefits: heat retention, acid resistance and absorption resistance/non-porosity. These properties enable soapstone to be used as sinks, countertops, floors, hearths, stoves and more.

Soapstone is a metamorphic rock that is composed primarily of talc, with varying amounts of chlorite, pyroxenes, micas, amphiboles, carbonates, and other minerals. Because it is composed primarily of talc it is usually very soft. It is dense, so almost non-porous but it also is soft on the surface so might scratch easy. Periodically applying mineral oil or olive oil will get rid of the scratches. When cleaned with non-abrasive cloth or sponge combined with diluted soap in water It will clean almost perfect. You can also use pastry brush and rock salt.

Soapstone is typically gray, bluish, green, or brown in color, often variegated. Soapstone is dense, without pores, does not stain, and repels water, it is a hydrophobic stone with an absorbency of near zero. In their natural state, most soapstone's are a soft gray. When treated with mineral oil, this color can be enhanced to a darker, richer, and more uniform state. While many homeowners choose to oil soapstone to enhance its natural color and movement, this is not necessary.

Healing Properties

Soapstone is commonly believed to have a soothing, balancing effect while creating a positive, calming energy. Soapstone is valued for it the way it helps one prepare for changes in life. It is also thought to promote truth, logic as well as rational and creative thinking.


Soapstone is one of the densest forms of stone available, The primary ingredients which form or soapstone are magnesium, mineral talc amongst others. It is dense, so almost non-porous but it also is soft on the surface so might scratch easily. Periodically applying mineral oil or olive oil will get rid of the scratches. When cleaned with non-abrasive cloth or sponge combined with diluted soap in water It will clean almost perfectly. You can also use pastry brush and rock salt.

Soapstone cookware is extremely versatile so it can be used on the stove, grill, induction cooktops, electric cooktops or in the oven. Only precaution is not to put cold or room temperature water on hot soapstone cookware as it might crack.

Not to mention slick and sharp contemporary looks where matt grey is gorgeously complemented by shiny copper handles adding utility and grace.

The advantages Of using soapstone cookware:

  • Healthy for skin, fights sun burns and irritation.

  • Good for the digestive system.

  • Reduced allergies.

  • Bacteria resistant

  • Eco friendly

These Brazilian Soapstone Semi-pressure Cookers are quite amazing. They don't actually reach high levels of pressure, but simply slightly elevate the pressure. Their slow and even heat maintain the elevated pressure allowing food to cook a bit faster. The lid does not lock, and it can actually be opened at any time. The weight of the lid is what keeps it down, and a small opening on the knob handle releases the excess pressure, causing the small stone weight to "dance" when cooking. The pots are handcrafted from a single block of natural, non-toxic Brazilian soapstone and its thick and dense walls lets them maintain an even cooking temperature. This one has a capacity of 3 qt, and is 12 inches long from handle to handle, 9.63 inches wide, and 7.13 high including the lid knob, and are perfect for making beans. So check out a soapstone piece today to get one of your own!



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