Black Onyx has held spiritual significance in some religions, symbolizing the foundation of Heaven and has also been mentioned in a few ancient texts.
In Arabic, it’s associated with sadness. In China, people avoided it because they associated it with misfortune and bad dreams. In Indian and Persian tales it is believed to protect those who wore or carried it from evil and is also considered a grounding stone.
Some soldiers wore it for protection in battle. Some also believed it to ward off negative energy and evil spirits.
The name “black onyx” comes from the Greek word for “nail” or “claw”.
Pliny the Elder, a naturalist from the first century, described different types of onyx. Black onyx was used to create the Throne of Jahangir in 1602.
How Common is Black Onyx?
Black Onyx is not found as often as other types of onyx. The ones with colored stripes tend to be far more common.