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  • Writer's pictureSavanna McDavid

Onyx:"The Gem of Saturn"

Onyx refers to a parallel banded variety of silicate mineral, Chalcedony (kal seh duh nee). Agate and onyx are both varieties of chalcedony that differ only in the form of the bands: agate has curved bands and onyx has parallel bands. Commonly specimens of onyx contain black and/or white, but the colors of its bands can range from black to almost every color.

Onyx is a vey hard stone, excellent for carvings. It has a 6.5 - 7.0 hardness on the MOHS scale. It has a long history dating back to 3000 BC. Onyx was used in Egypt as early as the Second Dynasty to make bowls. It was used for carvings and jewelry, for intaglio and cameo engraved gems.

The use of Sardonyx appears in the Minoan Crete period, notably from the archaeological recoveries at Knossos. Brazilian green onyx was often used for plinths in the art deco sculptures in the 1920s and 1930s. Green onyx was also used for trays and pin dishes produced mainly in Austria.

Onyx is mentioned often in the Bible. Sardonyx, which is white layers alternating with sard or those of a brownish color is also spoken of many times in the Bible.

Onyx: Properties and Powers

The spiritual meaning of Onyx is "Gem of Saturn" Saturn is the planet of Karma, which is the ruler of the universal law of cause and effect, "you get what you give!"

Onyx is a secretive stone, known for storing a lot of old memories. It is the perfect stone to clear away bad karma and heal from grief and sorrow. Onyx is said to shield from

negative energy and its draining effects. It will help to fortify emotional and physical

stamina, which are helpful in times of grief.

Onyx has healing energies. It is an excellent stone for people looking for support, stability, and focus when it comes to changing bad habits. It's powerful vibrations work to continually push you forward. You will find that the values of protection, confidence and clarity this stone promises are always present.

Onyx Qualities:

  • Source of Stability and Courage: A favorable stone for sports persons. Those with mental or emotional disturbance can benefit greatly from onyx as it brings determination, spirit and focus.

  • Beneficial for Health: Onyx impacts largely almost all Chakras of the human body, it inspires them to function efficiently and in harmony with each other to raise overall benefits. It is considered helpful in sorting out health problems related to the eyes, kidneys, heart, nerves, bones and teeth as well as helping with sleeping and blood disorders. It has long been used as a helpmate for epilepsy, depression and Glaucoma. Onyx is highly recommended by experts to those people who suffer from these issues.

  • Good for skin and hair: Onyx assists in acceleration growth of hair, skin and nails.

  • Enhances Inner Strength: Onyx helps to advance ones resistance and perseverance empowering one to handle the most difficult of tasks. Onyx is great for those who work with a high level degree of focus and discipline such as business owners, attorneys, software engineers, teachers, students, or computer tech. Onyx helps to stimulate wise decision making.

  • Helpful in Weight Management: Onyx can maintain a person's focus on a weight loss plan, a workout regime or other efforts to be healthy. It is an excellent stone for a body builder.

  • Other Benefits: Onyx is effective in helping a person moving past a broken relationship or through grief. It helps allow the individual to begin to move forward.*

Onyx is the trancendent birthstone for December. During Greek and Roman times Onyx was a protective shield. It was used to get rid of ill effects. The prehistoric beauty of onyx is a great addition to your collection of natural and other salt lamps in your home. The Salt Oasis

Kingsport has a large selection of unique onyx lamps and other household items. We invite you to come by our shop to see for yourself what onyx can do for you.



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