Onyx Gemstones

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Onyx Gemstones

Are you looking for a gemstone that complements every outfit and every occasion? No matter the time or place, you can never go wrong with black, so you can never go wrong with onyx! Onyx is an ancient gemstone that has been used in jewelry and as an ornamental gemstone for carvings since antiquity. It is very common to see onyx used in two different forms of carvings:

  • Cameo- in this type of carving, onyx has a design or figure carved out of the stone, raised above the background layer
  • Intaglio- in this type of carving, instead of the engraving raised above the background, the engraving is etched into the background.
Onyx is a very versatile gemstone that can be used for many different forms of jewelry. Black onyx is commonly used for men’s and women’s jewelry. The deep tones also contrast exceptionally well with gold settings. Oftentimes, onyx is used as an accent to more vibrant colored gemstones. Whether used as the centerpiece or side stones this opaque gemstone is the perfect complement to make other colors burst. In its solid black form, onyx is the most traditional black gemstone.

Onyx actually has one of the most interesting backgrounds from any other gemstone. The myth of the origin of onyx says the goddess Venus was resting on a sacred riverbank when Eros (Cupid) came across her. As she slept, Cupid used the point of one of his enchanted arrows to trim her nails. The clippings fell into the waters of the sacred river and sank to the bottom, metamorphosing into onyx. Now, whether you choose to believe this legend is completely up to you. However, it does make sense that onyx is a very durable gemstone, just like fingernails! Onyx is also believed to quell anxiety and fear, soothe tempers and restore rational thinking.

While onyx may not have as much brilliance as other gemstones, it still makes a standout addition to your collection. Whether worn day or night, onyx boasts a mysterious allure that you can rock with any style.
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