Your December Birthstone is Onyx
article byMeadowlark
Published Tue, 05 Apr 2022

Stone: Onyx
Birthstone: Month of December and the astrological sign, Leo
Country of origin: Ancient Greece. Also found in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Madagascar, Uruguay, the UK, USA and Yemen

About the stone:
Onyx is a naturally formed carbonate material – calcite. It forms in caves when water drips and evaporates, leaving behind traces of minerals and calcium carbonate which causes the varying colours.

Onyx is commonly available in black and white varieties – we use black onyx stones in our pieces.

What is the meaning of onyx?
Onyx is thought to offer spiritual meanings of protection, willpower, strength and fortune.

What is the history of onyx?
The history of onyx can be traced back to Ancient Greece where its name originated. The name onyx comes from the Greek word 'ὄνυξ' which means 'claw' or 'fingernail'.

“Legend says that one day whilst Venus slept, 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.”

What is the provenance/traceability of onyx?
We are currently working through the traceability and supply chain of these stones, watch this space...

Caring for onyx
Onyx is a fairly tough stone however it still requires special care.

To clean your onyx stone jewellery, either wipe clean with a moist cloth or use gentle soap and water. Be sure to rinse and remove any residue.

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