Onyx is a precious stone whose colours change in layers revealing its internal structure and creating a real drama. This stone has the same composition as agate, but its pattern is different: onyx internal lines look like waves while agate lines are circular. This impressive decorative stone is great for those who want to create a cozy and special atmosphere at home, in the office or in public spaces.
Because of its natural translucency and dramatic colours, onyx walls and counters look even more impressive when backlit by artificial light sources. This property to backlit is often the main reason why onyx is chosen by designers for interior decoration over other materials. It can be creatively used to make dividing walls, furniture sides and tops, bathroom vanities, windowsills, stairs.
However, there is one downsize - onyx is quite fragile, therefore needs more care than other decorative stones. It is necessary to protect onyx surfaces from mechanical damage and changes of temperature. This stone is not used for exterior decoration.
- Medium hard (Mohs 6-7)
- Relatively fragile
- Sensitive to scratching
- Sensitive to temperatures
- Porous – will stain
- Requires sealing every 12-24 months
What is onyx used for?
- Decorative walls
- Backlit and translucent walls
- Table tops and furniture tops
- Kitchen countertops
- Interior accents
- Fireplace surrounds