Meaning of the Black Onyx Gemstones

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Meaning of the Black Onyx Gemstones
Black onyx has many meanings. (tourmaline noire et onyx image by Gabriel-Ciscardi from

Gemstones are often used by alternative healers all over the world to invoke certain mental or physical changes within a person. Black onyx is a popular stone that has many meanings. Dating back to the ancient Greeks, onyx is still used today in jewellery settings and for spiritual mental and physical healing.


A popular stone with the ancient Greeks and Romans, onyx got its name from the Greek word for nail or claw. The Greek myth tells the story of Cupid cutting off the fingernails of Venus while she was sleeping. Cupid left the fingernail clippings on the sand and gods turned them into stone so they wouldn’t perish. Thus, onyx gained its name from the fingernails of Venus.


Black onyx can be found naturally or dyed to appear more black. When people hear the term onyx they assume a reference to a black stone. However onyx can be brown, white, orange, red, honey coloured or a blend of colours. If the stone is brown it is called sardonyx. If the stone is red, it is called Carnelian onyx. Only when the stone is black throughout is it referred to as black onyx.

Metaphysical Meanings

Onyx is a stone used for protection from negative influences. It is helpful for people who need to release attachments to people, places or things. It is often cited in helping people to move past relationships after they have ended. It aids in confusing or difficult times, can absorb emotional intensity, repels negative energy and enhances self mastery. The ancient Egyptians believed that black onyx kept away unhealthy lovers and caused detachment.

Physical Healing Meanings

Black onyx controls stress and can increase stamina. It is also known to aid in childbirth, sexual health and self-control. It is also said to strengthen the heart, kidneys, nerves, capillaries, hair, eyes and nails. Black onyx is also helpful in treating blood disorders, glaucoma and epilepsy as well as treating any teeth, bone, bone marrow or cell damage.

Keyword Associations

Keywords that are associated with black onyx include vigour, strength, stamina, constancy, steadfastness and permanence. Tenacity, firmness, durability, courage and self-control are also related to black onyx.

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