Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Banded Onyx
About Banded Onyx: Banded Onyx is the result of the slow precipitation of calcite crystals. Iron in the oxidized state gives it a red color, while iron in the reduced state gives it a green color. Onyx is also a member of the carbonate group of minerals. Often times, a solid chunk of stone is hand-turned on a lathe to produce fine bowls, plates, vases and other objects.

Legend and Lore: Banded Onyx is known to have very powerful healing properties. It is said to bring people balance, self-confidence, and focus. Onyx has been used throughout many generations as carving stones in Ancient Greece, and stone inlays and tiles in ancient Rome.

Banded Onyx at Touchstone: Onyx can be found worldwide, but the variety captured above comes from South Asia. The deep, natural colors are the perfect enhancement to every area!
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of aquamarine and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.