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Onyx Last updated : February 21, 2020 1:49 PM

An ancient gemstone, Onyx is the banded or layered form of Chalcedony whose bands range from colors, like white to almost any hue. The word “Onyx” has been derived from a Latin word, which means fingernail or claw. Nevertheless, this stone also goes well with its name because of its color resembling skin.

Most people think of Onyx as a black stone, but this impression is a bit wrong due to Onyx’s actual meaning in the gemological world where Onyx is referred to as a stone, which exhibits various colors in various layers. However, Black Onyx is regarded as the most sought-after stone of all because black color stones are generally considered as very protecting and caring.

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Where is Onyx found?

Onyx is found in abundance in Brazil, California, India, and Uruguay.

Healing Properties

The benefits that Onyx holds are:

  • Source of Stability and courage

Onyxis enormously favourable for sportspersons who achieve strength out of wearing it. Those who are disturbed mentally and emotionally can be benefitted to a large extent with the help of this stone.  Onyx brings determination, spirit and focus.

  • Beneficial for Health

Onyx impacts largely on almost all the Chakras of a human body, inspires them and makes them function efficiently in harmony with each other to raise overall supreme benefits for those who wear it. It is also considered helpful in sorting out health problems related to eyes, kidney, heart, nerves, bones, teeth, etc., and also cures troubles, like sleeping disorders, blood disorders, epilepsy,depression,Glaucoma, and many others. Onyx is highly recommended by experts to those people who suffer troubles like these for attaining relief.

  • Source of happiness

In present times, Onyx is considered great and extremely beneficial for those who wear it. It is believed to bring rejuvenation, positivity, and happiness in one’s life. It enhances intuition ability and reduces the desire of uncalled-for addictions.

  • Good for skin and hair

Onyx is considered effective in assisting or accelerating the growth of nails, skin and hair.

  • Enhances inner strength

Any advances one’s resistance and perseverance, empowering one to handle even impossible tasks that are running short of completion. It helps in quickly enhancing memory and promotes attention towards the small detail of any task. Due to such innate qualities, Onyx is great for all those who work with high level of dedication, focus, and discipline, like business owners, students, teachers, lawyers, software engineers, computer technicians, and lawyers.

  • Helpful in weight management

Onyx can maintain a person’s focus on weight loss plan, workout regime, and other efforts to be healthy and fit. It is a fantastic stone for body builders.

  • Other benefits

Onyx is effective in helping a person from moving on in life from the past and broken relationships. It reduces a person too much from bothering and thinking about such relationships.


Onyx Facts

Some facts about Onyx

  • Onyx is the transcendent birthstone for the people born in the month of December.
  • According to folklores, one day while goddess Venus was sleeping Cupid cut her fingernails and the clippings were left scattered on the ground. Because none of the parts of a heavenly body can decrease, the gods turned those clippings into stone, which was later named as Onyx.
  • During ancient Roman and Greek times, it was believed that Onyx was a protective shield, and hence the used to wear Onyx to get rid of the ill-effects of black magic, and witches.
  • Onyx was used in Egypt in olden times to make pottery items and bowls.


Metaphysical Properties

Being a prehistoric gemstone, cameoOnyx has been used as an ornamental gemstone and in jewelry for carvings and artifacts since the distant past. Onyx has conventionally been one of the most significances and carving gemstones, where it is most commonly used in the form of a black base having a beautifully designed white upper layer. Though still used a trivial gemstone these days, the importance and worth of Onyx have been moderated highly diminished as compared to ancient times.

Onyx is a member of the quartz group and a form of chalcedony. Similar to the various other stones of the chalcedony family, Onyx has a plane, smooth, and waxy luster. Its hardness on Moh’s scale weighs between 6.5 to 7.0. The chemical composition of Onyx contains Silicon Dioxide.

Onyx at a Glance

Cleavage None
Other Names True Onyx, Arabic Onyx
Crystal Habit NA
Streak White
Refractive Index 1.535-1.539
Diaphaneity Translucent
Moh's scale (hardness) 6–7
Sources Brazil, California, India, and Uruguay
Chemical formula SiO2
Lustre Vitreous
Color orange, red, black and green
Chakra Healing Root or base chakra

Onyx Color

Onyx is available in various colors, like orange, red, black and green and looks more beautiful in Onyx Silver Jewelry.

Onyx Colors

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Onyx comes in various hues. All are effective and beneficial. Can you please tell me some features related to orange shade of onyx?
Reply on 5/11/14
Hello Jelly, actually Onyx comes in different shades but the powers and properties of each tint are similar. So, if you wanna buy any tincture of Onyx then you may move further as it will be beneficial for you. One more advice for you that consult with your astrologer so that he may also recommend an apt gemstone for you as every gemstone does not suit every person.
Reply on 15/11/14
Onyx is helpful in curing all types of health problems related to any organ of the body. It is supposed to be an all rounder gemstone. I have found its features according to my requirements. I think I should wear it? Should I?
Reply on 25/11/14
Onyx is suitable for Gemini people...you may also try it out if you are so.. but if not then firstly seek an advice from your astrologer as gemstones are sensitive and not apt for every person...some aspects are being taken into consideration..
Reply on 13/4/15
Hey Alexa, you may ask Miss Mittens for any issues like this. Its a new page on Jewelexi site where you may put up free questions and their experts will fell good to reply you with an apt answer.
Reply on 25/5/15
Thanks Emma, I will try this. Actually I want to ask about Onyx gemstone whether it is apt for me or not. Thanks again for your suggestion.
Reply on 18/6/15
Wearing this stone for a while I realize Onyx runs really well with other stones, not improving their energies, but consolidating them. It helps one integrate religious reflections, letting one to make them one’s own.
Reply on 30/6/15
These are simply amazing...loved them
Reply on 17/7/19
I love black onyx!! Your jewelry is awesome.
Reply on 16/9/19
Onyx is very much in demand for its healing properties and my personal experience also admit that its healing properties are very useful.
Reply on 7/11/19
What a piece of elegantly beautiful design jewelry.Simply amazing!
Reply on 23/12/19

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