Origin of onyx
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What does onyx mean?
Onyx is a gemstone that’s especially known for its opaque, all-black variety.
Other varieties are black with with different-colored layers, including white.
Onyx is commonly used in jewelry. Historically, onyx was popular as a material for cameos—engraved gems. Sometimes, it is dyed or artificially colored.
The word onyx is also used to refer to a very deep black color (jet-black) or describe things that are that color.
Example: In this ring, the sparkling diamonds are a perfect contrast to the jet-black onyx in the center.
Where does onyx come from?
The first records of the word onyx come from the 1200s. It comes from the Greek ónyx, meaning “nail,” “claw,” or “veined gem.”
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How is onyx used in real life?
Onyx is common in jewelry. It’s best known for its all-black variety.
A nap sounds pretty good right about now. A nymph sleeping beneath a tree is depicted on this Renaissance-era onyx gem, obj. 29-128-1854 in our Mediterranean Section: https://t.co/1eRMhMLEW7 #NationalNappingDay pic.twitter.com/akv4lU4uGB
— Penn Museum (@pennmuseum) March 12, 2018
Cup of the Ptolemies, maybe from Alexandria, Egypt, 3rd to 1st c. BC. Onyx cameo cup. Eventually, it found its way into the treasury of the French kingdom. In 1804, the cup was stolen, and the mounts lost. The cup itself was recovered and is now in the BNF, Paris. pic.twitter.com/CdiazQQWph
— CARAA (@CARAA_Center) December 31, 2018
Anyone that knows me knows I can't resist jewellery that involves snakes 🐍 and the onyx stone just makes it even better! pic.twitter.com/adA3ph1uZV
— 𓆘 SJ (@_sophiejessica_) November 14, 2020
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True or False?
Onyx is always jet-black.
How to use onyx in a sentence
By contrast this cup is made of gold, onyx, precious stones, and the stone agate.Spain’s New ‘Holy Grail’: Jesus Couldn’t Afford That Kind of Bling|Candida Moss|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the pink cotton inside lay a clasp of black onyx, on which was inlaid a curious symbol or letter in gold.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The 1952 onyx & diamond panther bracelet sold for $7,036,874, the highest ever paid for a bracelet or any Cartier at auction.
At the Men of ONYX booth, I decided to give the Butt Plug Toss a whirl.
The body had fallen at the base of one of the great onyx columns, near the side wall of the lobby.In the Onyx Lobby|Carolyn Wells
The seal was a heavy, square onyx, with a foul anchor engraved on one side.
A close inspection would also separate them into several varieties—as onyx, agate, dotted agate, &c.
The columns and pillars of onyx and bronze held up a magnificent ceiling, broken by the circular stained glass of the skylight.The Enemies of Women|Vicente Blasco Ibez
One of the most beautiful stalagmitic rocks is the so-called onyx marble of Algeria.