Onyx semi precious gemstones are a variety of chalcedony quartz. What makes it distinctive and unique are the bands of white or brown that run parallel and straight thru the stones rather than curved.
Today when someone hears onyx they automatically think of the black stone, however it comes in other colors. These colors include gray, white and a reddish brown. Reddish brown gemstones with white bands are referred to as sardonyx.
Semi precious gemstones have a long history and have played an integral part in human history. From being used to identify one’s status to being a common form of currency. As such most gemstones have a great deal of myth, history and legend that surround them. Onyx is no different, you will have to determine for yourself if they work or not.
It is believed that onyx gemstones will assist someone with challenges in life, especially those caused by a drain of energy. That it prevents the draining away of personal energy and can be used for protection from such calamities.
Others use it to help with grounding and controlling or eliminating excess or unwanted energies. Legend has it that it has been used for wound healing, childbirth and to increase stamina and self-control. Black onyx and red onyx are associated with the base (root, first) chakra.
It is also believed to encourage and support a healthy ego. Believed to be a gemstone that is used in ensuring one’s commitment to their responsibilities. While for others it is believed that wearing the onyx gemstone will sharpen one’s senses.
Black onyx semi precious gemstones are a rare find. In the marketplace today what is being sold is gray onyx that has been dyed. Unfortunately, because this process is permanent, it is rarely disclosed when sold. Onyx gemstones retain their semi-precious value even when dyed black. This is due solely to the demand and popularity of black onyx.