Onyx in the Gemstone LibraryOnyx

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Name Origin: The word Sardonyx is derived from the Greek, Sardonyx meaning "reddish brown," and onyx meaning, "veined gem." It has also been thought that the name comes from the Greek word “onux,” meaning fingernail.

Historical significance/folklore: Onyx was very popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans. The story is that one day frisky Cupid cut the divine fingernails of Venus with an arrowhead while she was sleeping. He left the clippings scattered on the sand and the fates turned them into stone so that no part of the heavenly body would ever perish. Folklore suggests, that an onyx will retain memory of the physical occurrences surrounding a person. A strong stone to use in psychic work as it tells the story of the wearer.

Gemstone properties: Onyx is a protection stone. It protects you against any attacking negativity. Onyx is known to separate. It can help release negative emotions such as sorrow and grief. It is used to end unhappy or bothersome relationships or help stabilize them. It strengthens self-control, decision making, and helps one recognize personal strengths. It can be effective in past work, healing old injuries and trauma effecting present life. It fortifies self-confidence and responsibility as well as sharpening your senses.

Healing properties: Making wise decisions, vigor, centering, self-confidence, grief, bone marrow and blood disorders.