The Legends and Tales of Onyx – Possibly the Darkest Gem
Widely considered the oldest of all stones, onyx has a rich history and a long list of attributed powers.
The gem’s name comes from the Greek word “onyx” meaning fingernail, which is rooted into the Greek legend. It is believed that Cupid cut the fingernails of Aphrodite with an arrowhead while she slept, and the gods turned the clippings into the stone.
Belonging to quartz mineral group, onyx is most often a black layered stone. At times it displays white and brown layers known as “sardonyx” or even variety of white and red known as “carnelian onyx.” Onyx is typically not translucent at all and has a waxy luster instead. The signature black color of onyx has great intensity and makes beautiful statement jewelry.
Onyx is mined Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, US (Arizona), Algeria, and Yemen and has 7.0 hardness on Mohs scale.
Throughout history, onyx has been known as a stone of strong protection against negative forces. It guards us from fears and negative thoughts, it sharpens intuition, attracts financial prosperity, and strengthens determination and purpose. Onyx was also used as a shield and worn into battles by Greek and Roman soldiers.