Onyx As a Gemstone

Onyx is a banded kind of the cryptocrystalline quartz chalcedony. The colors of onyx’s bands range from whitish color to almost all types of hue, but excluding particular colors such as blue, black and purple. The common samples of onyx available usually contain the colors of tan, brown and white. Sardonyx is a type of onyx in which the bands are in shade of red instead of black. Onyx is usually used and made into beads, cameos and intaglios. Many onyx stones are natural in form but most of it is produced when one stains the agate.

The name onyx is sometimes used, albeit incorrectly, in labeling other banded lapidaries, such as calcite that is found in Pakistan and Mexico. Such lapidaries are carved and well-polished. This lapidary material is soft compared to true onyx, and easily available. In fact, it is the most common caved item being sold as true onyx. Onyx can be found all over the world but it is most common in Madagascar, India and Brazil. Onyx gemstone’s hardness value is 7. In order to enhance its richness in color, Black Onyx has to be heated.

Onyx gemstone is the birthstone for the month of February, while it is the mystical stone for December and a lucky charm for people under the Leo zodiac sign. Onyx is likewise the tenth wedding anniversary gemstone.

Onyx is said to help in releasing negative emotions such as grief and sorrow. It is also used to terminate troublesome or unhappy partnerships and relationships. Onyx also guards the user against negative vibes. Onyx jewelry is worn in order to defend oneself against negativity. Black gemstones are said to have protective energies because black is known as the absence of light, and so it can be utilized to create the illusion of invisibility.

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