Anchor a room with Onice Pure White. This striking stone shows its best side when illuminated in a backlit design
The Making of Onyx
While granite and marble come from deep within the earth’s crust, onyx forms from spring water or groundwater with a calcite content where mineral-laden groundwater flows or drips. The water emerges, resulting in the discharge of the dissolved calcite minerals. This process eventually forms a crust of calcite crystals. Over time this process repeats itself, creating layers that form the intricate bands of colour you see in cut onyx. Variations in the water flow rate, time, and mineral deposits give onyx its wide variety of colours and patterning.
Onyx is mined internationally in countries such as Greece, Yemen, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Botswana, Pakistan, India, and America. Once removed from the earth, the onyx slabs are sliced down into layers, revealing thousands of years of deposits. Slabs are cut, polished, and treated – then transported globally to showrooms and dealerships.
Onyx in History
Onyx has a long history of use in jewellery and carvings, where the bands of colour create a beautiful contrast with the layered background. The use of onyx is recorded in early Egypt to make bowls and pottery and art in Minoan Crete. Later, Brazilian green onyx was used as plinths for art deco sculptures in the 1920s and 30s, with slabs of onyx from the Atlas Mountains famously used by architect Mies van der Rohe in Villa Tugendhat to create a shimmering semi-translucent interior wall. The Hôtel de la Païva in Paris and the new Mariinsky Theatre Second Stage in St.Petersburg (Russia) celebrate yellow onyx – and its dramatic effect.