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Onyx Explained

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Onyx Description

Onyx is relatively uncommon in nature. It is the striped, semiprecious agate variety with alternating white and black bands. The name comes from the Greek onux, meaning “nail” or “claw,” referring to the mineral’s color. It was used by the Romans for a variety of stones, including alabaster, chalcedony, and what is now called onyx marble. The name onyx is appropriately applied only to the agate variety. Other varieties include Sardonyx, with white and red bands. As with the other chalcedonies, Onyx forms from silica deposition at low temperatures from silica-rich waters percolating through cracks and fissures in other rocks. Natural Onyx comes from India and South America. Onyx is popular for carved cameos and intaglios because its layers can be cut to show a color contrast.

Onyx Characteristics

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Onyx Variations

Here are other kinds of Onyx

Fun facts about Onyx

Since ancient times Onyx has been believed to absorb negative energy. The more negativity it absorbs, the darker the crystal gets.

It is said that Cleopatra used to wear Black Onyx for its protective features. Sensing negative energy, the crystal would vibrate, alerting the queen of potential danger.

Assisting in keeping your own counsel, Onyx holds memories of what happens to the wearer and can be used for psychometry.

Legend & Folklore

Taking you forward to view the future, it is useful when a relationship needs stabilizing or has passed its sell-by date and needs release. In ancient times Onyx was believed to have a demon imprisoned within that would awaken at night, sowing discord, especially between lovers. Nowadays, strength-giving Onyx is a protective stone for dark nights and lonely places. Effective in past-life work for healing old injuries and physical trauma affecting the present life, it anchors the flighty into a stable way of life and imparts self-control. Onyx is thought to increase regeneration, happiness, intuition, instincts. It is also believed to decrease sexual desire and help to change bad habits.

The most well-known Greek mythical legend goes that one day, Cupid/Amor, the god of love, used one of his arrows to cut the fingernails of his mother Venus. As her nails fell from Mount Olympus into the sacred Indus river, they metamorphosed into Onyx as they were believed to be divine. In ancient Greek, Onyx means the nail of a claw or finger.

The Tales and Symbolism of Black Onyx

Onyx has been treasured for centuries across Asia, North and South America and traded as a precious stone in all parts of the earth. From miners to merchants, Onyx has shaped the fate of many people as a unique trading commodity and inspired an abundance of mystic tales across cultures. With its unique milky white agate formed by natural rhythmic crystallization contrasting its background color, this stone possesses a strong character and mystical aura, which has fascinated mankind ever since.

The Chinese also believed in the power of this stone, as black Onyx is considered very protective and grounding for its holder used, especially in Feng Shui. This precious stone is known for the energy of solid support, stamina, and determination to help one’s persevere.

It teaches the wearer to rely on their own powers, which are often crafted as traditional wealth bracelets and amulets.

In ancient Indian and Persian tales, Onyx is referred to as a protector from evil. The Indian gemologists describe Onyx as a protector for harmonious relationships. The stones’ close union and yet strong contrast between the layers of black and white symbolize the love between two people.

In astrological terms, Onyx is believed to give power and courage. It was assigned to the star signs of Leo and Capricorn, which are known as the most ambitious signs in the Zodiac.

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