In the early years of the millennium Michel der Agobian led the world in the discovery of obsidian. Michel founded his own workshop where he polished obsidian to the highest standards, demanding a level of finish worthy of the finest precious stones.
Obsidian is a semi-precious stone born of volcanic lava. It was created hundreds of thousands of years ago, when acidic lava suddenly cooled and vitrified from thermal shock.
Several Armenian sites are mined. The most recent date from the Middle Pleistocene (700,000 to 100,000 years ago) while the oldest go back to the Pliocene (4 to 2 million years).