Different Types And Colors Of Onyx

The traditional black gemstone, onyx has been used in jewelry and other carvings since centuries. Even today, its mysterious charm, remarkable durability (6.5 to 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness) and affordability make this gemstone highly sought-after in the jewelry world. And with the rising demand of black jewelry, onyx surely seems to be having its moment of fame!

However, it’s a misconception that onyx is only black in color. In reality, onyx exists in a variety of colors and solid black onyx is the most popular of these diverse varieties. In this article, we will discuss all you need to know about onyx and its different types and colors.

Black Onyx Jewelry

Onyx is a variety of layered chalcedony, which is a type of the mineral quartz. Typically an onyx is either slightly transparent or completely opaque. The most common onyx type has two basic layers – a black base and a white upper layer. But some of its varieties exhibit parallel bands of different colors in between these layers. Depending on these color bands, onyx is classified into the following types:

  1. Sardonyx: Sardonyx is usually flat banded and has a brown base with color bands in the shades of red. It is a relatively common and affordable variety of onyx.
  2. Cornelian Onyx: This variety of onyx has a red base with lighter color bands. It displays alternating red and white bands that look extremely appealing.
  3. Niccolo Onyx: This type of onyx has a very thin upper layer. It allows the color of the black base layer to be seen through as grey or blue.
  4. Black Onyx: There are certain onyx varieties where the stone has a single color and no color banding. Black onyx, the most popular onyx gemstone variety belongs to this category. But a solid black onyx is very rarely found in nature. Usually, a grey chalcedony undergoes treatment and is turned into a black onyx.

Undoubtedly, the stunning onyx will always stand out with its intriguing beauty and dramatic allure!

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