Sterling silver ladies pendant featuring a highly translucent onyx gemstone. Onyx is a popular lapidary material which exhibits distinctive bands of colour which typically alternate between black and white. Shades of red and brown are not uncommon but when present the mineral tends to be known as carnelian or sardonyx. Due to it being translucent, onyx can look quite different depending on how much or how little light passes through the stone.
Pliny the Elder the Ancient Roman author and naturalist wrote about different techniques used to dye onyx and one of the reasons why it's considered suitable for dyeing, is because it's very porous. Although onyx does occur in a variety of colours they can often be subtle hence through the process of dyeing it makes the mineral more attractive for commercial purposes. Although black onyx does occur naturally the vast majority is dyed.
This sterling silver ladies pendant has been crafted entirely by hand. We always recommend that silver and gemstones be covered when not being worn not only to help protect the stone but also because it helps minimise the build up of tarnish.
Weight (grams) : 18
Size (cms) : 3.1 x 2.9 x 0.7