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.
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. Onyx marble is most often used as vanity tops, fireplace surrounds, bar tops, walls or small islands because it transmits light. Other uses include wall cladding, light duty residential floors, sinks, and tables. Onyx can also be used for novelty items such as vases, urns, lamps, wine goblets, sinks and bowls.
It works wonderful where you can accent the stone and use under lighting or backlighting to draw attention to its translucent qualities. Onyx marble can be purchased in tile form or in large slabs for a versatile look and feel. Careful consideration is needed when using onyx marble in your home. Think of your lifestyle and circumstances before committing to onyx as a countertop surface or a bar top. This natural stone has beautiful, translucence, and contrasting colors. The colors of onyx are soft and sensuous, bold and beautiful… almost fragile looking.
The pastel shades of golden honey, minty greens, and swirly browns feel erotic. There are also deeper darker shades of reds and greens. The bands or lines of contrasting color running throughout the stone contribute to its unique color characteristics. Onyx is a visual feast for the eyes.
Similar to marble, onyx can be finished with a polished surface. This is a glossy and reflective surface finish which deepens the color and contrasts within the stone.
It can also be finished to a honed surface finish which is a matte like low sheen finish. It’s not reflective and shiny like a polished finish. If you know the maintenance and limitations of this stone and love the look, it may be a great choice for you. The looks achieved by using onyx are one of a kind. If you are comfortable with the care onyx needs and love the unique and exotic look, choose onyx.
Please use this material index as a reference to some of the most common stones we offer. Due to the nature of the products, color selection varies per location and as we frequently receive new shipments of slabs, some colors may not be available for viewing on this website.
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