The onyx is a black agate that belongs to the quartz mineral group. Chemically, the stone is comprised of silicon oxide in combination with oxygen. Like all crystals, onyx was formed by extreme heat and pressure. Main areas where onyx has been discovered are in Brazil, Mexico and Madagascar. For the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, the black onyx was a popular stone for jewellery and healing during. The stone was believed to protect its wearer from evil, black magic, and disease. Worn as an amulet, the onyx was thought to secure love and fidelity in marriage. Onyx was also used as a material for mosaics and statues. In Rome, there are still numerous palace interiors that feature onyx. As a healing stone, the onyx should protect from skin issues, as well as nail infections and fungi. The stone is also thought to have a positive effect on the immune system, and that is could speed up the healing process after operations and promote blood circulation in the body.
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