Planning on buying some new jewellery for yourself or treating someone with a gift? Then why not consider onyx jewellery.
If there is one gemstone that ticks all the boxes, that is onyx. It’s chic and glamorous, it’s utterly versatile, and whilst popular it’s not something you see every day. And to top it all off, it’s a happily affordable alternative to other precious and semi-precious stones. You will find onyx jewellery designs that span everything from small stud earrings to engagement rings.
Intrigued by this alluring gemstone? Then check out our ultimate guide to buying onyx jewellery.
Onyx is a member of the chalcedony quartz family. The stone is found all over the world, including India, China, Uruguay, Yemen, Brazil and Australia.
Whilst we automatically think of black onyx, the stone is actually available in a variety of colours including green and red. In fact, we stock a range of colours at Jewel Tree London. As a natural stone, no two pieces of onyx jewellery are the same.
Ranking at 6.5 on the Mohs scale, onyx is a durable stone and with the correct care can last a lifetime.
Black onyx is associated with the planet Saturn. Ever since antiquity, it has been believed that black onyx provides protective qualities to its wearer. The stone has the power to absorb the wearer’s negative energy and transform it into physical strength and good fortune. This is why so many people opt to wear an onyx necklace as a good luck charm.
Furthermore, crystal healers believe that all types of onyx deliver balance. If you are experiencing stress or emotional turmoil, try slipping in a pair of green onyx earrings and seeing if it helps.
Although it is very valuable, onyx is actually relatively inexpensive.
You will find that black onyx is typically priced a little higher than the other colours. Ultimately, your choice of design may impact the price so you should chat to your jeweller about what you need and your budget.
Onyx is a fantastic alternative to the classic diamond engagement ring and is a popular choice at Jewel Tree London. It’s a little different so we recommend onyx engagement rings for brides who have more unconventional or modern tastes.
In India, onyx is believed to bring harmony to romantic relationships – which bodes well for a happy marriage. Consider a black or green onyx ring for your future fiance and you’ll have a lifetime of love to look forward to.
As with all gemstones, there are a lot of fakes on the market. The best way to shop for onyx jewellery is with a premium jewellery boutique who you can trust.
If not, you can always subject your onyx to the fire test. Heat the stone with a flame for no more than ten seconds and then drop it into a basin of water. Genuine onyx will be unharmed but a fake will show signs of melting.
Onyx is a stylish choice of gemstone which is why it is so popular across different jewellery designs.
As black onyx is typically the most popular, you may wonder which gemstones work with black onyx. Well, the great news is that pretty much all gemstones work with this black gemstone!
Indeed you can. The appeal of onyx is that you can wear it with your work and casual clothing or dress it up for a special occasion.
Opt to wear small stud earrings by day and then add some razzle-dazzle by night with a striking onyx necklace.
Onyx jewellery is simple to keep clean. All you need to do is wipe the stone with a soft, dry cloth. You can apply a tiny amount of water if needed. Easy!