Onyx – The Beauty of Nature

Onyx is one of the most elegant stones found in nature. Onyx is a member of the chalcedony family which also includes carnelian, agate, bloodstone, etc. Occurring naturally in a variety of colors, black onyx is polished to enhance appearance, a member of the quartz family. Onyx is a semi-precious, translucent stone. Like the other stones in the chalcedony family, onyx has a smooth, waxy luster. A translucent stone with a glossy, polished surface, onyx is composed of crystalline silica and closely related to agate, a semi-precious stone.

  • Onyx Resists heat, scratches and stains.
  • Protects against mold and mildew.
  • Semi-precious stone that is used for both jewelry and home interiors.
  • Accommodates many styles of sinks.
  • Stunning colors and patterns.
  • Translucent types can be backlit.
  • Suitable for bathrooms, fireplaces and furniture tops.


Creating endless design opportunities, this translucent stone is synonymous with luxury living. It takes a high polish, which contributes to its beauty. Because the stone transmits light, onyx can be backlit to show off the color and pattern of the stone. Black Onyx is often used as a backdrop in jewelry, such as cameos. It is also used as cabochons and as a building material. This translucent stone is synonymous with luxury living and has been used to decorate the living spaces of the rich and famous. It takes a high polish which is part of its great beauty. The uses are endless; bench tops, furniture, bathrooms, lighting and artwork (backlit, of course). It requires special care, due to its softness and is generally suitable for areas that receive light duty use only. Onyx makes beautiful fireplace surrounds, bar tops, wall cladding, sinks and tables.

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