Science & Origin of Onyx

Onyx is a type of Chalcedony that occurs naturally with tiny banded parallel layers. The mineral was first reported in 77 A.D. by Gaius Plinius Secundus (Pliny the Elder) and named after the Greek word “claw” or “fingernail” because of its similar resemblance. The name got its use because of the shape and brightness of the bands Onyx shows when sliced. A variety of colors are commonly found throughout various countries of the world. These countries include Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Madagascar, India, and the United States.

Ancient Uses

Onyx has been used for thousands of years and has a long history with many different civilizations. The Ancient Egyptians used

 Onyx in 3,000 B.C. to make pottery items and other utensils. The Ancient Roman and Greek societies used Onyx for jewelry, amulets, and carving materials. Pliny the Elder in his book “Naturalis Historia” described certain techniques used to artificially dye and color other Chalcedony to look like Onyx. One method included boiling Chalcedony with sugar and then soaking it in hydrochloric acid. Another technique was described as heating Chalcedony and then soaking it with nitric acid to remove all impurities.

Beware of Fakes!

The most common colors of Onyx are black, brown, white, red, and orange. Black is the most popular color on the market, which sometimes results in impure varieties of Chalcedony to be dyed black. This has driven the price of Onyx very low because of how flooded the market has become with manipulated versions. We recommend buying from a trusted and reliable dealer because you never know what you could be purchasing.


Onyx has also been mentioned numerous times in the Bible and is even said to have been the middle stone in the High Priest’s Breastplate. After King David gave his throne to his son Solomon he went out to gather precious materials for his new temple. One gem mentioned countless times was Onyx.

Meaning & Energy

Onyx is a stone that offers up powerful vibrations of protection, strength, focus, and willpower. This stone is here to continuously push you forward in your life. By activating your root, solar plexus, and third eye chakras, one is able to fully ground themselves to Earth. Not only will Onyx give you a jolt of energy to get up and start pursuing your dreams, but also protect you on your new journey. Simply carrying this stone or wearing Onyx daily will provide a shield around ones aura, refusing to allow negative energy to attach itself to you. This stone has been used as protection for thousands of years and is still one of the strongest protection stones we know of.

Crystal Pairings

When meditating with this stone we recommend placing a piece on your third eye or simply in front of you. When looking to active one’s psychic abilities, Onyx can assist in opening a channel to higher realms containing endless knowledge. Meditating with a high vibration crystal like Quartz or Selenite can help establish a stronger “deep state” connection when in meditation. When one is looking to root ideas and goals down to Earth, we suggest placing a piece of Onyx in front of you to channel your dreams and desires. Construct exactly what it is you wish to have in this world, and continuously remind yourself that you will find your way.

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