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The Uses of Onyx

Onyx is one of the most attractive and popular stones available. It is made from quartz, which is the most popular type of mineral. Quartz can be found in many types, and makes up 12% of the earth’s crust.

Onyx is the same type of mineral as Agate, however Onyx has banding that is straight and parallel, agate is usually ringed in form. In addition, Onyx banding is consistent in size and shape, where Agate is usually not. Onyx comes in a variety of different colors and its popularity possibly is the result of its beautiful colors.

For instance, Onyx comes in a beautiful black and a black with bands of white. Onyx also comes in red and browns. Red, brown and brownish reds are called a different name than onyx, they are called Sardonyx. Sardonyx is also popular, especially the deep rich red colors.

Today, Onyx is mostly used for ornamental jewelry. Because Onyx looks great as a black stone, many colors go well with it. For instance, if you are looking for a back drop for your jewelry pieces, Onyx usually does the trick. Whether it is gold, silver, platinum or white gold, Onyx always compliments the other colors.

While Onyx is considered a precious stone, it is not terribly expensive. In fact, Onyx is usually very affordable and in line with other types of precious gemstones. Onyx is a wonderful, warm gemstone and if you are looking for a stone that goes well with other precious stones or precious metals, definitely look into Onyx.

Onyx - The History and Origins

Onyx is one of the more common precious gemstones. For most people that like to look modern and in style nothing beats the color of black. Black looks good with almost any color and provides a nice back drop for gold, silver, platinum and white gold.

Onyx comes in many different colors but it is most popular for its black and black and white mix. Onyx is a type of quartz. While quartz is one of the most common minerals in the world making up 12% of the crust, Onyx is very similar to Agate. It is a type of cryptocrystalline. This means that it is formed with very tiny crystal structures that are more like grains than crystals. These tiny crystals are far too small to be seen with the naked eye and require a microscope to be seen.

Onyx was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans and was named after the Greek word for nail or claw. Besides black and black and white bands, onyx comes in other colors most notably red, brown or reddish brown. When Onyx is reddish brown or red, it is known by a different name – Sardonyx. Sardonyx was a prized stone and used by politicians during the Roman times for creating seals, due to the fact that Sardonyx never stuck to the wax.

Today, onyx is used mainly as a gemstone for high quality ornamental jewelry. It goes great in rings, bracelets and charms. Whether it is black, white, red or brown, Onyx is a high quality gemstone that is extremely attractive.

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