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Black Onyx

Place: India, Brazil, Uruguay
Colour variants: Black
Hardness: 7
Birthstone of: Leo, Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius
Brief history and geological characteristics:

Onyx is a form of chalcedony stone, which is microcrystalline quartz. It is formed in the gas cavities of lava. Its multi-layering is similar to that of agates. It has a long history of use for hard stone carving and jewellery, where it is usually cut as cabochon or into beads. Onyx was used in Egypt as early as during the Second Dynasty to make bowls and other pottery items and it is mentioned in various chapters in the Bible. You can find not only Black Onyx, but also other colour variations on the market. Slabs of Onyx (from the Atlas Mountains) were used by the architect Mies van den Rohe in the famous Villa Tugendhat in Brno (Czech Republic) to create a shimmering semi-translucent interior wall.

Spiritual and healing energy:

Black Onyx is a stone of focus. It brings braveness and power to become the master of your life. It raises our resistance and persistence; enable us to carry out seemingly unmanageable tasks to completion. On a mental level, the Black Onyx increases the power to keep focused, tackle new issues and use well all that you have already mastered. It quickly enhances the retention of memory and promotes attention to detail. Generally, it raises the level of self-control. These traits make Onyx an instructive instrument for pupils, teachers, business owners, accountants, lawyers, software and computer technicians, and all those who need high level of focus, dedication and discipline in their work.


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