Onyx is one of the oldest stones and was once used in black magic rituals. But Onyx, with its fascinating beauty, was also known for its many benefits. This is why this mineral has an important role in lithotherapy. Discover the characteristics and properties of this stone.
Onyx belongs to the group of silicates, in the subclass of testosilicates. Existing for thousands of years, it is an exceptional stone associated with many legends.
Origin and meaning of its name
Etymologically, the word Onyx comes from the ancient Greek word "Onux" meaning nail or claw. In ancient times, this name was given to all minerals or shells that looked like nails. According to Greek mythology, the name of the stone came from Cupid, the little god of love. He used his magic arrows to cut the nails of his mother, Venus. Perishable, the clippings landed on the banks of a river in India. The goddesses of destiny, the Fates, then transformed them into stones. They were baptised Onyx. In Antiquity, all Calcedonian stones also bore this name. Some of them had the colour of the nail.
The history of the Onyx
In antiquity, the Onyx originated in India or Arabia. The most beautiful stones came from the Shibam mountain, near Mareb. It is nowadays found in the Hadramaout region. The use of Onyx stone was very common in ancient times. In Egypt, for example, this stone was used to make vases, plates and jars. Earrings decorated with this mineral were also visible in funerary temples.
In the Middle Ages, the term onice appeared in many medieval texts. At that time, it referred to agate intaglios with the effigy of an animal and most of them symbolised courage. But the Onyx were also known for their negative influences. It was not advisable to wear these stones at night, as they might encounter the devils while sleeping. Moreover, when they are black in colour, they awaken sadness.
In modern times, the Onyx particularly appealed to aristocrats. Antique cameos adorned with this stone were at the heart of the trend and members of the aristocracy such as the wife of the Duke of Gonzaga, Isabella d'Este, and Tsar Alexander I held them. During the Victorian era, the Onyx, especially the black one, was a huge success. Indeed, the stone greatly amazed jewellers.
Origin and use of onyx
The Onyx is entitled to several appellations and this has caused confusion. Indeed, some stones have nothing to do with this mineral. This is the case of Peruvian onyx which is a pale pink stone belonging to the carbonate family. The same applies to marble-onyx or limestone onyx, a mixture of aragonite and calcite.
Real onyx has very distinct characteristics. Endowed with natural beauty, the stone has been widely used in jewellery for thousands of years. Today, it continues to appeal to jewellers and a wide range of jewellery adorned with this mineral has been created. As for the origin of onyx, its main deposits are in Latin America, particularly in Brazil and Mexico. However, onyx mines can also be found in India, Iran, Italy, Siberia, Uruguay, Turkey and Madagascar.
The characteristics of Onyx
As previously mentioned, it is a variety of chalcedony, microcrystalline quartz, belonging to the silicate family. Onyx is formed as a result of silica piling up during the flow of siliceous water. For this reason, it has stripes or stripes. This is what distinguishes it from other chalcedonies. Onyx is a fine stone usually with a black tone and white circular and concentric stripes.
Onyx is available in different varieties. The nicolo is the first to be mentioned, which is distinguished by its dark blue strata. There is also the Eye Onyx with stripes forming pretty circles and the Fortified Onyx with polygonal layers. Finally, there is the Sardonyx, recognisable by its brown, red or rusty stripes.
However, the Onyx is generally black in colour and has a vitreous sheen. It is called silicon dioxide and its chemical formula is SiO2. Its hardness is 7 on the Mohs scale. In its natural state, it has the shape of a pebble, polished by water.
The virtues of onyx stone
Although the Onyx can offer protection against evil spirits. Its ability to purify energies is also one of its greatest assets. All the virtues of Onyx are exploited in modern lithotherapy.
The benefits of Onyx on the physical level
Onyx is used to prevent or cure various physical ailments. The stone is for example able to strengthen nails, hair and teeth. It also strengthens the bone marrow. In addition, the stone has the power to strengthen the heart, nerves, spleen and kidneys and to improve their function. It is also beneficial for hypersensitive people. In addition to all this, it is an effective remedy against ringing in the ears or tinnitus.
The benefits of Onyx include improving the circulatory system and regulating the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. You should also know that this mineral is effective in relieving the feet and preventing allergies. Finally, it is a great ally in the fight against addictions, especially smoking.
The benefits of Onyx on a psychological and spiritual level
Endowed with a soothing virtue, the Onyx has the power to protect you from many emotional disorders. It also provides comfort and support during difficult times. Don't forget that it is a protective stone. In addition, it is an excellent tool for people who need to do personal development work. The Onyx is for example the lithotherapy stone that can help you control your emotions and passions. It can also help you to have restraint.
In addition, the stone gives you confidence in the future and encourages you in the search for the truth. Its virtues include its ability to optimize the sense of responsibility of the person who uses it. Onyx is also effective in protecting you from negative energies such as the evil eye, envy and jealousy. It is also able to alleviate worries and bring inner peace.
It is also a good luck charm. That is why it was once used as an amulet or talisman. Finally, the Onyx has the power to ward off nightmares and bad memories and it favours intuitive faculties. In other words, it can show you the path to fulfilment and success in life.
How to use the stone
The Onyx is to be discovered in various forms on the market. It appears on many pieces of jewellery such as necklaces, bracelets and rings. It is also available as an amulet, rolled stone, pebble and rough stone. How to benefit from its virtues?
Place the stone on the chakras
To balance the energies, which is an effective way to improve the health of body and mind, it is recommended to place the Onyx on the chakras. This way of using the stone is recommended if you want to fight negative energies such as jealousy and anger. It is suitable for people who wish to develop their creative capacity and those who wish to have tenderness and benevolence.
Using the Onyx as a meditation stone
To enjoy the benefits of the Onyx, it should be used as a meditation stone. The principle is to hold it in your hand or place it in front of you. It helps concentration and rooting. Meditating with this stone is also a way to benefit from all its beneficial effects. It is for example a way to develop intuition and to cleanse the mind.
Wearing jewellery decorated with Onyx or wearing a rolled stone
Wearing a necklace, bracelet or ring made with this stone is also a good way to enjoy its virtues. Alternatively, you can put a rolled stone in your pocket or bag.
Using Onyx elixir
To relieve the feet, we recommend the use of Onyx elixir. How to prepare it? You must start by purifying a polished stone and recharging it. Then, you must delicately place it at the bottom of a container containing spring or mineral water. All that remains is to place it under the light of the sun or moon for a few hours. Concerning the way of use, you should drink a glass of the elixir in the morning on an empty stomach.
Purification and recharging of the Onyx
No matter how you choose to use it, you will have to purify your stone and recharge it after some time, as it accumulates negative energies. How do you do it? For a successful purification, just put the stone in a bowl containing salted distilled water for a few hours. It is possible to replace the distilled salt water with hot soapy water and this is the cleaning method required for jewellery.
Alternatively, you can also place the stone on a heap of coarse salt. Frequent cleaning, at least once a week, is recommended. There are two possible solutions for the recharging of the onyx stone. Simply place it on a bed of quartz so that it recovers new energy. You can also expose it to sun or moonlight.
In short, Onyx is an effective lithotherapy stone to treat many physical ailments and to improve your moral health. It also has spiritual virtues. For example, you can use it to boost your creativity, ward off evil spirits and improve the functioning of various vital organs such as the heart and kidneys. So, don't hesitate to take advantage of its benefits by carrying it with you on a daily basis or by using it during meditation.