A magnificent onyx pendant that's a great choice for ladies who like their jewellery large and colourful. This highly polished cabochon has a vitreous lustre which means the way that it reflects light is similar to that of glass. Having a wonderfully smooth texture makes it incredibly tactile and it's a piece that's sure to attract plenty of attention.
Onyx is a variety of the mineral chalcedony whose colourful bands typically alternate between black and white. Although they also sometimes occur in shades of red and brown, stones featuring those colours tend to be known either as carnelian or sardonyx.
Onyx is frequently dyed because stones tend to be porous hence artificial colours are absorbed and retained particularly well. The dying of onyx is a practice that has been carried out for thousands of years because man has always been fascinated by colour. Although the black variety does occur naturally it's exceptionally rare hence the vast majority of black onyx is dyed.
Although we're not keen on using cabochons for our collection which have been artificially coloured, we do make an exception with onyx because carefully selected stones can make amazing pieces of jewellery.
Although quite large this ladies onyx pendant is not too chunky which means it's also relatively light weight. It has been crafted by hand exclusively for Stone Mania in a fine sterling silver setting.
Weight (grams): 36.6
Size (cms): 5.8 x 4.2 x 0.7