Onyx is a variety of chalcedony, a member of the quartz family. Black onyx is often made by dying gray banded chalcedony.
The word onyx comes from the Greek word onux, meaning fingernail. The story is that one day frisky Cupid cut the divine fingernails of Venus with an arrowhead while she was sleeping. He left the clippings scattered on the sand and the fates turned them into stone so that no part of the heavenly body would ever perish.
Harmonizes the physical with the spiritual and helps alleviate fears and worries during periods of strong overwhelming emotions. This mineral helps us in our efforts to be balanced and in maintaining positive outlook towards our life and our environment. Onyx is an excellent stone for releasing negative emotions such as sorrow and grief, and helps in recognizing personal strength. This black colored stone helps in relaxation, and in facing various challenges in life, especially if one suffers from a lack of life energy and exhaustion.