Onyx Marble: The name comes from the Greek word onyx which means nail of a finger or claw. Legend says that one day while Venus was sleeping Eros/Cupid cut her fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into stone which later became known as onyx. Onyx is a semipreciouse stone that can often be found in fine jewlry and ornaments. Its refined beauty and elegance has made it the ultimate luxuriouse building material. Noted for its unique translucent quality, onyx is often used in illuminated applications.It is a member of the chalcedony family which also includes carnelian, agate, bloodstone, etc. Occuring naturally in a variety of colors, black onyx is polished to enhance appearance, a member of the quartz family.Originally, almost all colors of chalcedony from white to dark brown and black were called onyx (SiO2 with impurities). Today when we think of onyx we often preface the word with black to distinguish it from other varieties of onyx that come in white, reddish brown, brown and banded. A variety of onyx that is reddish brown with white and lighter reddish bands is known as sardonyx. Mystical magical onyx marble. This exotic natural stone is about luxury and glamor. The "transmitter of light". An exquisite and unique stone which is expensive. It's a form of marble which is millions of years old. Onyx has been used for centuries to adorn places of worship and ward off evil spirits. Some say it provides comfort, relieves stress, and calms the heart.The translucent beauty of this stone is a real head turner. Natural onyx is an exquisite semi precious material, that is noted for its ability to take a very fine high polish, as well as for the unique patterns and colors which gives it its distinct appearance. Below you will find a selection of high quality home decor products crafted from various types of natural onyx. Onyx marble is often found in limestone caves. Water dissolves the existing limestone and redeposits it. It is quartz crystals fused together into translucent layers of stone. This stone is also used as a mineral gem. Onyx is a calcareous stone and prone to etching from the acids found in things such as ketchup, lemons, alcohol, and household cleaners. Great care is needed to maintain the natural beauty of this stone.Similar to limestone, onyx is a softer stone best placed where it won't be used or abused on a day to day basis.