A faceted oval cut Gemstone of the mineral Onyx, which has been fitted to Sterling Silver to be worn as a ring. This Ring is NZ standard size R and the stone measures 15x10x20mm.
Onyx is a banded variety of the oxide mineral chalcedony. Agate and onyx are both varieties of layered chalcedony that differ only in the form of the bands: agate has curved bands and onyx has parallel bands. The colors of its bands range from white to almost every color (save some shades, such as purple or blue). Commonly, specimens of onyx contain bands of black and/or white.
Onyx has a long history of use for hard-stone carving and jewelry, where it is usually cut as a cabochon or into beads. Onyx was used in Egypt as early as the Second Dynasty to make bowls and other pottery items. Use of sardonyx appears in the art of Minoan Crete, notably from the archaeological recoveries at Knossos. Onyx is also mentioned in the Bible many times and Sardonyx (onyx in which white layers alternate with sard) is mentioned in the Bible as well. Onyx was well known to the Ancient Greeks and Romans, The first-century naturalist Pliny the Elder described both type of onyx and various artificial treatment techniques in his Naturalis Historia.
The following information is courtesy of "The Pocket Book of Stones" which we also sell HERE
Onyx is a stone of inner strength. It enhances one’s endurance and persistence, enabling one to carry even difficult and dreary tasks through to completion. It increases one’s ability to maintain mental focus, allowing one to learn challenging new material and use well all that one has mastered. It energetically boosts the retention of memory and encourages attention to detail.
Onyx is also a stone of physical strength; It assists one in containing one’s energies rather than allowing them to dissipate. It helps one to gradually build up one’s vitality. Onyx emanates the energy of self-mastery. It can help one to control, focus and direct the will, and this brings about a considerable increase in one’s personal power. It assists one in learning that the most important control is self-control. Onyx cools and condenses excessive energies. It calms nervousness, quells anxiety, soothes hot tempers and brings reason to passion. Onyx is a good grounding influence when one is meditating with high-energy stones.
"This information is for research purposes only and should not be construed as medical recommendations for any disease or symptom. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Consult a licensed healthcare professional for treatment."