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Definition of ÓNICE

Ónice, a mineral from group IV which is considered a semi-precious stone. Stay at so you know everything about this word. Shall we start?

Ónice from the Greek Onyx (it is interpreted as a nail), it is a stone of volcanic origin, and its chemical composition is given mostly by silica.

This stone is often used in jewelry and decorative items, for its delicate greenish nuances, and is often used for cameo.

This stone apart from being used in Jewelry, it is also attributed magical properties, playing an amulet role.

The Romans attributed to them qualities as a good luck charm and to presage misfortunes. It also drives away sexual instincts and acts on negative forces.

This stone is characterized by greenish nuances but can also be found in grayish or dragonite colors and San Martin ónice which is opaque, reddish.

The largest producers of ónice today are:

  • Mexico in the state of Durango
  • Argentina in San Luis
  • Brazil
  • Pakistan
  • Iran
  • China
  • Turkey


Greek mythology relates that the ónice stone is the transformation of an Aphrodite nail cut by her son Eros.

The nail is said to have been thrown into the water where it was turned into stone to immortalize the goddess.

At the origin of this being involved with one of the most important civilizations in history, functions are attributed to it in various areas.

This stone is said to be associated with strength, self-control and endurance. Due to the predominant color it can play different roles.

Black ónice is considered a symbol of austerity, sadness and evil, while white ónice is a symbol of light, innocence and sincerity.

At the curative level, it is attributed beneficial properties for teeth, bones and the circulatory system. It is said to strengthen the skin, nails and hair.