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Encyclopaedia of stones

Onyx

The word "onyx" comes from the Greek, it means "fingernail": in Antiquity this term initially designated all chalcedonies, some of which had the colour of the nail. Later, the appellation was restricted to the darkest chalcedony. The majority of onyx jewels are silver, often filigree, or white gold. However, there are also yellow gold. Onyx can be cut into briolette, drop, pearl, sphere (for signet rings, cufflinks, pendants ...), or any form of animal or decorative object ( candlestick, bookend, vase, cutlery handles ...). See all jewels with onyx...

Colors
White, black, banded

Family
Chalcedony

Origin

The main deposits of onyx are found in Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, Chihuahua in Mexico, Colorado and Utah in the United States, as well as in India, Uruguay and Madagascar.

Virtues

Contrary to what is known of medieval beliefs, lithotherapists lend great qualities quite positive to onyx. It would be the stone of stability and reinforcement. This stone is said to be related to the root chakra, which is at the base of the spine and encloses the "kundalini" vital energy wound there, three and a half times on itself like a snake. Onyx would help build self-esteem, confidence, and self-control. It would stabilize fickle people and give them strength to deal with the upheavals of life. Catalyst of a successful meditation, it would help to find what one seeks there, so to better see the true nature of things.
Another important quality, onyx would purify karma, that is to say, to overcome the consequences of acts or traumas dating from past lives.
From a physical point of view, the onyx would have protective virtues for the teeth and mouth, it would facilitate the speech if it is too fast or poorly controlled and would solve the vocal problems. In addition, it would increase resistance to cold, sharpen the operation of the five senses and in particular, act on ear problems (balance, inner ear, tinnitus).

Specifications

Onyx is a fine-textured, black chalcedony quartz. Some onyx, however, also displays white bands or ribbons against a black or brown background. This variety is known as ‘sardonyx'.

History

Its name comes from the Greek onyx meaning 'claw' or 'fingernail'. Legend has it that while Venus was sleeping, Eros cut her beautiful fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into stone, which later became known as onyx.
Cameos have often been made from onyx, with the figure carved in white in relief against the black background.
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