Description: Onyx is a variety of agate, which is itself a variety of chalcedony. Onyx is an agate whose bands are circular and concentric. Green Onyx is a natural gemstone. However, it is treated with nitrite acid,to eliminate or lighten undesirable colors. Another treatment is also done with sulfuric and hydro-chloric acids. The goal is here to carbonize sugars were absorbed to the top layers of the stone.
Characteristic: This particular type of onyx has different shades of green.It is a gorgeous combination of the green and onyx slide. It has an hardness of 7 onto the Moh’s scale.
History:The myth of the origin of onyx says that the goddess Venus was resting on the banks of the Indus River. As she slept, Cupid used the point of one of his enchanted arrows to give her a manicure. The parings of her nails then fell into the waters of the sacred river. Since the nails were of heavenly origin, they sank to the river bottom and were metamorphosed into onyx. In the past, Onyx was mainly used first into bases or handles for gold items and also for stone inlay work. In Roma for example, onyx seals were highly popular. The roman used to carve the pattern of the seal in negative relief to give a raised point. Also in classic ceremonial magic, the head of Hercule or Mars was engraved into onyx and carried for courage.At the same time, Indians and Persians prefers to wear onyx to be protected from the evil eye. A fun fact is that for a long time the word onyx was used to call a variety of marble with white and yellow veins.
Etymology: The word Onyx comes from the Greek word “Onux” which means fingernail. That name was chosen because of the similarity between basic onyx stone and nails.
Powers: Lithotherapists lends great positive qualities to onyx. It would be a kind of stone for stability and reinforcement. This stone would be linked to the root chakra, which is at the base of the spinal column and contains the “kundalini”, vital energy wound there, three and a half times on itself as a serpent. Onyx helps build self-esteem, confidence and self-control. It stabilizes people with inconstant character and gives strength to face the upheavals of life. Catalyst of a successful meditation, it helps to find what one seeks, therefore to better see the true nature of things.Another important quality onyx has, would be to purify karma, that is, to overcome the consequences of acts or traumas dating from past lives.
From a physical point of view, onyx would have protective properties for the teeth and the mouth, it would facilitate the speech if it is too fast or badly controlled and would arrange the vocal problems. In addition, it would increase resistance to cold, sharpen the functioning of the five senses and in particular, affect ear problems (balance, inner ear, tinnitus).
Planet energy: Mars, Saturn, Mercury
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