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Obsidian is a natural volcanic rock formed by the rapid cooling of lava extruded from a volcano. It has the texture of glass and no mineral growth, giving it a very unique and beautiful appearance. Obsidian is frequently black due to the rapid cooling of lava and the lava's primarily ferromagnesian mineral content, which explains the absence of other colours in this mineral. Learn more

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Obsidian is commonly used in the creation of jewellery, mirrors, and countertops. This is because of its distinct appearance and functionality, which can last for years with proper maintenance and care.

Can Obsidian Be Used as a Countertop Material?

Obsidian is a volcanic glass, so obsidian countertops are easily scratched and have a low resistance to high impacts. Additionally, when broken up, obsidian shatters into small sharp pieces that can be extremely dangerous. It's worth noting that obsidiana ranks 5 to 5.5 on the hardness scale, while quartz ranks 7.

In general, obsidian is not the best material for kitchen countertops, but it can be used as a backsplash, where it is relatively safe, due to obsidian's heat resistance and moisture resistance.

So, before you choose obsidian for your kitchen countertop, make sure it is in a low traffic area so it can last a long time. If you have a high traffic kitchen, consider using a more durable material like quartz or quartzite countertops.

Are Obsidian Countertops Durable?

Durable obsidian is a volcanic glass with a hardness rating of 5 to 5.5, whereas quartz has a hardness rating of 7. As a result, obsidiana is slightly less durable than many other countertop materials.

Obsidian countertops can be easily scratched if you cut directly on them with a stainless steel knife or drag a pan across them. Obsidian countertops, on the other hand, are resistant to heat and moisture and can be easily cleaned with water and soap.

Because obsidian countertops are acid-resistant, you don't have to worry about vinegar spills or using a harsh chemical-based cleaner to clean your black obsidian countertop.

Because of the lack of porosity in this material, obsidian countertops will never become stained.

How Much is an Obsidian Countertop?

Obsidian countertops can range in price per square foot, not including installation costs. When compared to other materials on the market, this is a reasonable price.

The premium appearance of obsidian can be a very unique and added value to your kitchen, but as previously stated, obsidian does not fit in every kitchen. In low-traffic kitchens, you might consider obsidian countertops! Otherwise, obsidian as a backsplash is preferable.

What is the Obsidian Composition?

The composition of most obsidian is similar to that of rhyolite and granite. Granites and rhyolites, which can form from the same magma as obsidian, are frequently geographically associated with it.

Rarely, volcanic glasses with basalt and gabbro-like compositions are discovered. Tachylyte is the name given to these glassy rocks.

Obsidian Properties and Benefits:

Heat, Cold, and Temperature Fluctuations are not a Problem:

Because Obsidian has a natural ability to dissipate heat well, hot pans can be placed directly on the surface without causing damage.

Extremely Long-Lasting. 

The firing process produces an extremely hard surface that can withstand corrosive chemicals as well as UV exposure (no fading!). It is not easily chipped or scratched, but watch out for knife edges using a cutting board.

Nonporous. 

The material is water resistant, does not harbour bacteria, and is stain resistant.

Appropriate for both Indoor and Outdoor Use. 

For all of the reasons stated above, Obsidian can withstand anything that nature has to offer. The finish is lovely and comes in a variety of colours.

Sustainable.

Obsidian a naturally occurring resource, is also environmentally friendly due to its indestructibility (reducing the waste involved in having to replace less durable countertops)