About Onyx Jewelry
With a deep black color and rich shimmer, onyx gemstones add a dramatic touch to jewelry designs. The name onyx comes from the Greek word for fingernail or claw. Legend has it that Cupid cut the fingernails of Venus while she was sleeping. He let the clippings fall and the gods turned them into onyx so that no part of her heavenly body would ever perish.
Onyx: The Magic of Black
Onyx is a type of chalcedony quartz and in ancient Greece, all chalcedony colors, from white to black, were referred to as onyx. Later, the Romans reserved the term onyx for the black stones only. Roman soldiers wore banded onyx engraved with images of heroes, believing that the stone would make them as brave as the hero depicted on it.
During Queen Victoria's mourning period, Onyx was a popular gemstone as it had a more somber tone and was often used in cameo brooches. The gemstone was also popular during the Art Deco period to add contrast to ruby and clear quartz jewelry designs.
Today, onyx is said to be a protective stone, offering a defense against negativity and creating harmony in relationships.
Onyx Jewelry Care & Handling
Onyx, like other types of chalcedony, has a hardness rating of 7 on the Mohs scale and should be protected from sharp blows. To care for your onyx jewelry, wash with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.