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Obsidian History

HOW THE MAYANS USED OBSIDIAN

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Obsidian forms when lava cools and so can be found in places that have experienced volcanic eruptions. When Obsidian breaks it can produce fragments with amazingly sharp edges, even thinner and sharper than the best surgical steel. And so it was used to make knives, arrowheads and spear points.

Strength & Courage
Mexico is a location with a lot of obsidian. Ancient Mayan warriors used broad clubs that were stubbed along its edges by obsidian blades, named ‘macuahuitl’. Accounts by Spanish conquistadors who faced Mayan warriors tell that they were able to cut a horse’s head off with one stroke. Combined with the fact that Mayans believed that death on the battle field secured them eternal bliss, Mayan warriors proved fierce and deadly opponents.

 

Wisdom
Priests were very important in Maya culture, second only to the king. They were keepers of knowledge, famous for their incredible feats in astronomy, astrology and calendar keeping.


Mayan priests used mirrors made of obsidian rock to foretell the future. They would gaze into the mirror to connect with the spiritual world and look for good omens for their people. Based on these visions it was decided when to plant seeds, harvest or when to go to war. Thousands of Mayans relied on their priests to guide them in both spiritual and practical ways.

 

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How to measure your wrist

We get asked a lot by our customers on how to measure their wrist, so we wrote a little 'how-to'.

 When measuring your wrist, stay as close to your hand as possible, like so (the circumference in the picture is 6.5 inches.)


When ordering, please specify the exact number on the measuring tape, we will make sure your bracelets will fit you nicely. You can specify your wrist circumference in either centimeters or inches. Please also specify whether you prefer your bracelet a little looser or tighter.

 

For example:

 

If you don't have a measuring tape, use a piece of string to measure your wrist and lay the string back out on a ruler to get your measurement in inches or centimeters