"One night when Venus was sleeping, with the tip of one of his arrows, Cupid cut the divine nails of Venus and disappeared flying. The cut nails fell scattered on the sand and it was the Moiras who collected them, turning them into precious stones to ensure that any part of the divine body would die. Onyx was born. "
The word onyx is directly derived from it's original Ancient Greece translation of "light". Attributing a mythological origin to this stone, the Greek culture saw it as a guardian of light.
It is known that the ancient Romans, used Onyx to make earrings and brooches with their Zodiac signs engraved. Using them as Talismans, thought to have magical properties. Today, this stone is credited with having healing, energetic and mystical properties, this semiprecious stone absorbs and attracts negative energy and dissolves it.
Onyx is a mineral of the oxides class, according to the Strunz classification and is composed of silicon oxide. There are several varieties of onyx that are classified by their color: white, black, yellow-orange, limestone and green talán, the latter being the rarest of all.
This semiprecious stone originates from calcareous water by deposits in strata. It’s composition usually presents some impurities that form successive layers; It is common that the onyx deposits are located in areas with an abundance of limestone rocks that crystallize over time.
The onyx is a very scarce mineral worldwide and it’s hard to find deposits that allow the extraction of blocks of large dimensions. The main onyx producing countries are: Pakistan, Iran, China, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.