Onyx: The Origins And Virtues Of This Gemstone

Last updated by Susan Taylor

Onyx is a variety of chalcedony related to agate. It is a semi-precious stone whose name comes from the Greek word onux which means nail, claw or clamp. It is often very widely used in decoration and jewelry and in India it was given powers of protection. Where does onyx come from and what are its virtues? Discover all about this mysterious stone.

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Precious and semi-precious gemstones have amazing powers and onyx, of the chalcedony variety, is no exception. It has been used since ancient times and luckily for you, we’re about to reveal all of its mysterious secrets.


Onyx

Color:


black, sometimes with black and white strata


Crystal system:


Rhombohedral


Compositions:


Silicon dioxide


Associated astrological signs:


Virgo, Capricorn

Price
From 0.70 cents per carat

Etymology
From the Greek "Onyx" meaning "nail or claw

Origins of the Onyx

The word "Onyx" comes from the Greek "onux", or even from the Sanskrit "nakhàh" meaning "nail". According to the legend, Cupid found Venus asleep on the bank of a river one day and cut her nails with the iron of one of his arrows and left the clippings scattered on the ground. The Fates picked them up and turned them into a fine stone.

➡ In the Middle Ages, miraculous healing properties were attributed to the onyx stone, but because of its color; a reddish brown tending to go black, it was said that it could also exert a bad influence. It was thought that it could be the cause of disputes, conflicts or breakups, in couples or between neighbors.


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Onyx, a stone that brings strength and support

Onyx is a stone particularly indicated in times of troubles. It will bring you strength and support in the difficult moments of your life, and will accompany you in periods of transition and change.

Whether you use it to look after your body or your spirit, the onyx will know how to look after you when it comes to a number of evils:

  • radiance and tone of the skin, nails or hair
  • stimulation of the immune system
  • protection against contagious diseases
  • problems related to one of the 5 senses: eye disease, speech, voice or hearing problems, etc.

Onyx is also a stone of stability. It balances the body and mind and gives strength and vigor. That is why it is recommended to wear it in times of

  • stress
  • of sadness
  • of depression
  • of mourning
  • to overcome a break-up in love

Did you know that?

In India, onyx is used as a protective shield against evil forces


How to recharge and purify an onyx stone

Remember that for your stone to be effective, it must be purified and re-energized once a week by running it under running water. Finally, if your stone is anchored in a gold or silver jewel, its powers will not be penalized in any way. So don't hesitate to have your stone mounted in jewelry or to offer yourself a beautiful piece of jewelry with an onyx.

Article presented by Susan Taylor

Editor in Chief and Astrologist for MyAstroMag - I’ve always been completely fascinated by the world of Astrology and horoscopes. Writing for you and forecasting my exclusive predictions are my main passions.

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