Rhyolite is one of my favorite stones. It is sometimes referred to as Rainforest Jasper. Rhyolite's most important trait is its beauty! It has a composition similar to granite but has much smaller grain size. In fact, magma that never reaches the surface of the earth is called granite. If the same magma reaches the surface of the earth, it is called rhyolite. Rhyolite is much less common than granite. Even so, there are large lava flows and deposits of rhyolite in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming.
Rhyolite was named "streaming rock" because of its beautiful bands, bubbles and crystal-rich layers that form as lava flows onto the surface of stone and moves forward. Rhyolite can look very different depending on how it erupts. Because of its varied formational traits, rhyolite represents change, variety and progress. It sparks creativity in individuals who are ready to move forward and make things happen in their life. Some say rhyolite allows us to reach out and beyond our capabilities of what we think we can achieve by helping us to break through the mental barriers and to reach a profound and joyous state of knowing.
Here are a few examples of how beautiful rhyolite can be: