Black Onyx Jewelry
Onyx has been used to create jewelry in almost
civilization and country since the dawn of recorded history. It was used extensively by the ancient Romans
and Greek civilizations and was worn by royalty and the common man alike.
Throughout history, black onyx has held a special place within several
cultures and civilizations. Thought to possess mystical powers by many, it was, and still is used in some
parts of the world for purposes such as warding off negative feelings, depression and a host of other human
conditions. In some cultures it was thought to bring good fortune and promote harmony among people.
Gemologists around the world approach this stone with an air of reverence and use it in many of their
practices. Onyx has always been highly valued when used as jewelry and its popularity remains high to this
Onyx is used by astrologists as the birthstone for people born in the month of August, though
most people who are not connected with astrology consider it the birthstone of those born in February. In
some countries, people born under the sign of Leo use the stone as a good luck charm and are known to carry
one or more stones on their person at all times. In India, which has a century’s long association with this
gemstone, it is common for people to use the stone as a way of avoiding conflict and promoting friendship. As
you can see, wherever it is found, onyx has a history of being used in many more ways than purely as
The ancient Romans were known to wear amulets made of this stone that bore the likeness of their
God of War. They felt that this brought them luck when fighting whatever enemy that happened to be facing on
any given day, and over time it became common for Roman soldiers to believe that the stones made them strong
and courageous in battle.
When used in the making of jewelry, onyx is typically shaped as rounded,
smooth stones, beads or chips. It is rarely given multiple facets like other gemstones and it has proven an
ideal substance for items that require carving or engraving, such as intaglio rings, various forms of cameos
and inlays on delicate jewelry, woodcraft and other high end items.
The variety and quality of onyx jewelry available today is literally
amazing. Modern technology and advances in the making of jewelry have enabled the production of countless
styles and variations of rings, amulets, earrings, pendants, necklaces and cufflinks to name just some of the
items that are available in jewelry stores around the world.
Set in a wide range of precious metal settings, onyx has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity
among men and women of all ages. It has become very fashionable to give
black onyx jewelry as gifts on a number of special
occasions and you’ll see this jewelry heavily advertised and promoted at various times of the year such as
Christmas, Mothers Day, Fathers Day and especially around the time high schools and colleges are graduating
their senior classes. It is beyond a doubt that anyone who receives a gift of onyx jewelry is delighted to have it and will remember those
who gave the gift with great fondness.
You may purchase onyx jewelry at fine jewelry stores in your local area or
online in shop such as
Amazon, where you’ll find an endless
number of merchants selling individual pieces and matched sets of jewelry made from this beautiful stone. We
hope we’ve increased your knowledge of black onyx and its use for making jewelry. We wish you luck in your
shopping and hope you find a great gift for that special person in your life!
Follow the links to read more about various types of black
Rings Black Onyx
Bracelets Black Onyx Earrings