Onyx– Stone of the week

I remember begging my Mum for an onyx ring back in the 80s. They were very fashionable. Sadly I lost the ring many years ago so I can’t show you it. Onyx is one of those stones that has a colour that most people think of immediately. Most people know onyx is black but it can be a variety of colours as it is one of the chalcedony family. So you can get many colours of onyx. The only colours you won’t see are blue or purple. The red onyx is called sardonyx. Onyx stones are usually banded as that is how they are naturally. The cameo on the right is a roman carving from the second or third decade of the 1st century AD. It has been carved in a two layered onyx gem and is called Gemma Augustea.


· Alternative birthstone for January

· Zodiac stone for Leo and Cancer

· Root chakra stone and helps with grounding

· Help concentration

· Said to increase devotion

· Helps with hearing problems

· A stone of separation which means that it can help you move forward in your life.

There is a myth about how onyx came to be. It is said that Cupid, using the point of one of his arrows, gave a sleeping Venus a manicure. The bits of nail that fell into the water of the sacred Indus river. As the nails were Venus’ they sank to the bottom of the river and became onyx. Now I love the idea but am slightly concerned at the state of Venus’ nails if they were mainly black…. Or maybe the nails are the white bands? What do you think?

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