Onyx is a variety of chalcedony, a cryptocrystalline form of quartz. It most commonly occurs as a black stone and can be extremely shiny with a sateen reflection. It also occurs in a wide range of other colours. The type of Onyx we are mostly referring to here is the black variety. It has a long history of use for hard stone carving and jewellery, where it is usually cut as a cabochon, or into beads, and is also used for intaglio or cameo engraved gems. Onyx is a 7th Anniversary gemstone. During the 1950s it was very popular in men's signet rings.
Onyx was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans and was considered one of the most important healing and protecting stones by ancient peoples. It was used in Egypt as early as the Second Dynasty to make bowls and other pottery items. Onyx is also said to be one of the stones in the breastplate of the high priest.
Since antiquity this powerful stone has been used for protection against black magic, as well as defending against negativity. Onyx will also help you gain emotional balance and self-control, as it balances the male and female polarities within you. It brings balance to mind and body, as well as strengthening the mind. It is a wonderful stone for those who are flighty by nature, as it will help ground and focus your attention.
A strength-giving stone that is valuable to people under extreme physical, mental and emotional stress that also provides support in difficult circumstances. It can help you approach a lesson or task with greater self-confidence and helps to alleviate fear and worry. Helps you feel comfortable within yourself and in your surroundings. It is also understood to promote stamina and vigour and to encourage the making of wise decisions.
Onyx assists in absorbing universal life force energies that are required for healing and other purposes. It can be used to heal old grief and sorrows. It is also believed to increase regeneration, happiness, intuition and your instincts and is said to reduce excessive sexual energy, and to assist in changing bad habits. Athletes can benefit from the strength and stamina giving properties of Onyx.
Onyx treats disorders of the bones, bone marrow and blood. It is beneficial for teeth and the feet and is helpful with glaucoma, epilepsy, and cell damage. Onyx should be laid directly on the body or worn or carried for long periods of time, as its effects develop quite slowly.
It is particularly helpful with skin ailments, healing infected wounds as well as fungal infections, inflammation and even sunburn. Pat the affected skin with Onyx elixir several times during the day and cover with an Onyx elixir compress at night.
This stone helps to eliminate apathy, stress and neurological disorders. It is used to strengthen the nerves, capillaries, hair, eyes and nails. Onyx is said to help you sleep soundly.