Oniks is an exclusive material which is not repeated in its pattern like frost traceries on the glass, multilayer structure, colors harmonization imparts variety of tints to each layer of the stone. This natural stone is a unique natural material having magnificent decorative qualities partially transmitting light. Nowadays ONYX FOUNTAINS are installed in houses, offices, banks, hotel halls, at rest halls of malls, as moreover, it’s a very good and beautiful air humidifier. Fanciful coloration in aggregate with this quality let to use onyx as an exclusive accent in interior.
Now we’ll tell you a little about onyx
Onyx is agate with plane-parallel layers of various colors usually white and black or black grey. Name comes from the Greek onyx (onychos) – nail.
In translation from the Arabic language “onyx” meant grief, sorrow. Species: onyx – agate with interchange of plane-parallel layers of various colours; according to the coloration of layers there distinguished: Arabic onyx (or onyx proper) – layers are black and white, carneolonyx – red and white; sardonyx – brownish black and white; chalcedononyx – grey and white; onyx agate – various tints of grey (this subkind is unique).
According to the legend in Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem there weren’t any windows on the walls, but being made from this stone they transmitted enough light. Decoration of inner premises of Gur-Emir’s mausoleum in Samarkand is made from onyx. Onyxes are very famous and widely used since the ancient times. In the coarse of flourishing of glyptics exactly onyx was the principle material for ware. It must be taken into consideration that so-called marmoreal onyx is remote from the natural onyx with the exception of foliation. Onyx is very related to agates, it’s the stone from this family.
The colour of onyx changes from light brown to dark brown. There also known transparent kinds of onyx, that are translucent to the depth of 3-4 cm and have wonderful thin design like pink and golden brown alternate strips. Indians in pre-Columbian America considered transparent greenish yellow marmoreal onyx sacred. Characteristic feature of onyx is red, white, brownish black, black strips. It’s considered that the thinner strips the more valuable mineral is. Transparent and non-transparent crystals are found in nature.
ONYX was called a stone of orators, during the processes it was put under the tongue in order to strike people with eloquence.