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Onyx can be found in Uruguay and some regions of Brazil, Afghanistan, India, Madagascar, Peru and the US. Romans and Greeks originally used the word onyx for a sort of marble.

Onyx is the Greek word for “claw” or “fingernail” because the marble veins colour looked like the ones of a fingernail. The marble is still called “onyx marble,” being less valuable and softer than onyx.


The legend of onyx says that the goddess Venus was seating on the brinks of the Indus River. As she rest, Cupid used the spike of one of his arrows to give her a manicure. Her cut nails then fell into the waters of the sacred river.

Since they were of divine origin, they disappeared in the bottom of the river and were transformed into onyx. Indians and Persians believed that wearing onyx protected them from the evil eye, and that placing onyx on the stomach of a pregnant woman in labor would reduce the pain and bring on earlier delivery.


Onyx is called the warrior stone because of its powerful help with negative thoughts and fears. Onyx is used also as a shield against negativity directed towards you.

It can help you be the master of your destiny and strengthen your confidence. It avoids worry, tension, and nervousness and eliminates confusion and nightmares.