Onyx Ring History
Yet another in the group of mystical birthstones for December, the onyx, a
chalcedony quartz mineral – 6.5 on Mohs scale of hardness – is quite striking.
Mined in Brazil, India, Uruguay and California, the onyx is also striking enough
to be representative of two wedding anniversaries; the 7th and the 10th.
Having been around a good while, the onyx was popular with both the ancient
Greeks and later on, the Romans. In fact, the name 'onyx' comes from the Greek
word 'onux' – which means 'fingernail'. The legend that goes along with this
story is the stuff of which dreams are made and is so famous in Greek mythology;
it was even adopted by the Romans.
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Eros (Cupid to the Romans) was the playful, prank-loving son of Aphrodite
(Venus to the Romans) the goddess of love and beauty, and Hermes (Mercury to the
Romans) god of travelers and messenger of the gods. One day, as Aphrodite lay
sleeping, the impish Eros cut off her fingernails and left them scattered on the
ground. This caper did not meet with the approval of Zeus (Jupiter to the
Romans) who was Aphrodite's father and the supreme being of the pantheon. It was
deemed that no god or portion of a heavenly body should perish. Zeus solved the
matter by turning the fingernail clippings into stone – the onyx.
In Grecian times, chalcedony quartz of all colors was referred to as onyx –
not just the black that we know today. It was the Romans who narrowed down the
name of onyx to refer to just the dark brown or black stone.
Onyx in the Bible
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