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Onyx

Onyx

Onyx Stone

Onyx is the stuff of fantasy. Its sparkly translucence belies the fact that it’s solid rock. It looks like a gemstone, with wavy bands of amber, ivory, and white fused together in a fluid pattern. When backlit, onyx radiates a soft, ethereal light. It’s truly an extraordinary stone; wherever it is used it will take center stage. There is no artist greater than our very own Earth for the sheer variety of materials and patterns we can bring into our homes. In keeping with its magical look, onyx has a bit of mystique. It’s beautiful, but what is it?

Uses of Onyx
Onyx is a somewhat fragile stone. It can become scratched and etched if used in a busy kitchen. Onyx countertops are best suited to parts of a kitchen that don’t see much heavy use.

High-end restaurants and resorts employ onyx bar tops to bring brilliance into a space, an effect that is made even more spectacular when the stone is backlit. Onyx is also used as a backsplash, vanity, or accent tiles.

Onyx isn’t limited to slabs though. It can be formed into basins, lighting fixtures, or tabletops. One of the most extraordinary qualities of onyx is its ability to radiate light.