Gemstone Spotlight: Onyx
What is Onyx?
Onyx can be found as a black stone with white bands or in hues of green, red, orange and black, amongst others. It's layers can be cut to show a contrast, making it a distinctive, striking stone.
Onyx is known as a protective, grounding stone and legend has it that the more negative energy it absorbs, the darker it gets. In ancient Greek, the word onyx means a fingernail or claw, giving it a strong, ferocious energy.
What does Onyx symbolise?
Onyx is said to be a strength-giving stone, providing support, stamina and courage to its wearer. Perhaps because of its two strong colours working together in contrast and harmony, it’s also said to foster successful relationships.
Did you know Cleopatra used to wear Black Onyx for protection? Apparently she could sense the stone vibrating with bad energy when danger was near so used it for guidance and warning. Mysterious…
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- Gold Ottima Black Onyx Slice Enamel Pendant NecklaceAs low as £275.00
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What does Onyx help with?
Onyx has many physical and emotional properties. It’s a protective, strength-giving stone which protects against evil energy, and is said to actually absorb it, getting darker as it does so. It motivates, drives forward and energises it’s wearer, making it great for new chapters or tough times. It’s often used in Feng Shui to bring protection to the home.
A slice of 1920s glamour
Deep Black Onyx evokes a spirit of glamorous bygone eras. Onyx demands a bold setting and our Ottima collection is just that. Taking a bold slice of Black Onyx and adding a deco spin with bold, geometric shapes on earrings, pendants, and rings. We love the Ottima Stacking ring contrasted with your favourite stacking rings and bright nails.
Embrace your dark side
Super dramatic and an unexpected alternative to a lighter gemstone, we love Black Onyx for adding a bit of punk edge. Try the Black Onyx Biography Bracelet which pairs Black Onyx with silver rather than gold for a cool, layered look. If you’re building a charm bracelet or necklace, why not add the Black Onyx Biography Charm for a little contrast and edge? The black looks extra chic contrasted with your other yellow gold charms.
If you’re after a locket with a darker feel, you’ll love our Polaris lockets which contrast a base of inky Black Onyx with dazzling White Sapphires and our iconic North Star motif. Or, go bold with a simple slice of Black Onyx in this statement beauty.
Remember we mentioned that Onyx comes in lots of different hues? One of our favourites is this stunning, vibrant green. It’s the sort of shade that you can’t help but smile at. Our Mini Round Stilla Green Onyx Earrings are an exquisite pop of colour for your ears whilst our Stilla Ring is minimal, contemporary and uplifting. Green Onyx is said to symbolise soothing, purity and positivity. Yes please.
Onyx is responsibly-sourced with Astley Clarke
We’re committed to being a responsible, environmentally-conscious brand. We have long term relationships with a small number of expert suppliers, all of whom are Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) certified. This means responsible business practices from mine to retail for all our gemstones, supporting international standards, improving ethical, social and environmental conditions and supporting local communities. This means all of our Onyx is responsibly and sustainably sourced.
What are the physical healing properties of Onyx?
Onyx is said to help with headaches as well as strengthen the eyes and optic nerve. It’s said to have a connection with the base chakra, uniting us with the natural world beneath our feet and even helping with leg, knee and foot problems.
What are the emotional properties of Onyx?
Onyx is associated with sleep and keeping the stone near your bed is thought to stop night terrors. It’s also said to help unite the two distinct sides of a personality and make wise decisions. Healing old injuries, dealing with grief and improving focus make Onyx a powerful stone.
Where is Onyx found?
Onyx is actually formed naturally in caves as stalactites and stalagmites. It’s mined in many countries including the US, Brazil, Madagascar and Pakistan.
What is the meaning of the word Onyx?
In ancient Greek, Onyx means a fingernail or claw. This is because of its stripes which resemble claws, but also because of a bizarre legend involving Cupid and some fingernails…Intrigued? According to Roman mythology, Cupid clipped the fingernails of the Goddess Venus whilst she was asleep. To immortalise her, the Fates turned her fingernails to stone. And so Onyx was born.
Who should wear Black Onyx?
Onyx has lots of helpful physical and mental properties and as a stone thought to absorb negative energy, it’s helpful in most situations. Those struggling with sleep, decision making and the influence of toxic energy are said to benefit from wearing Onyx. The stone is said to balance out volatile Leos as well as give Virgos luck, love and money.
Is Onyx a birthstone?
Although Onyx isn’t officially associated with the birthstone chart it is ruled by Mars and Saturn and linked to Leo. It is said the bold, strident nature of a Leo can be balanced and grounded by Black Onyx.
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