Secrets of Onyx

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Secrets of Onyx

Onyx is one of the most beautiful and luxurious natural stones. It tends to look more like a gemstone, which is why over the past years designers and architects have rediscovered the exciting effects that can be done with this gorgeous stone. This greatly underutilized material is versatile and elegant allowing it to look good almost anywhere.


But where does it come from and what makes it so special? Onyx originates in dripstone deposits of limestone caves. It is formed when dripping water evaporates between drops of calcium carbonate forming stalagmites that can fill a void space. Naturally, onyx comes in a striking range of colors and patterns. The stone is frequently found in cream, gold, red and green tones.


Onyx stands out for being more delicate than other natural stones, which has its advantages and disadvantages. Onyx slabs have some of the most unique patterns. Plus, it is the only stone banded, translucent and capable of being polished to a high gloss. However, its weathering characteristics are not so good, which is why is not recommended to use on any outside area.


As opposed to other natural stones, onyx is used more frequently for creative applications rather than functional ones. Due to its transparency, it is often paired with backlighting in order to draw attention. It is often seen in public spaces such as casinos, hotel lobbies and bars, spaces that need to attract a crowd.



In home application there is nothing like onyx flooring. However, surface degradation should be expected as mild acids can etch the surface. Nothing will look more amazing inside a house than a full wall covered in onyx as a statement piece. Although most commonly, it is used for bar tops, sinks, fireplaces' mantels and shower linings.



If you are looking for the ultimate luxe look, whether for your home or your business onyx is definitely the way to go. A little can go a long way and whichever way you choose to go design wise, your favorite onyx slab will look spectacular.


Here at Marble Unlimited we have a wide variety of onyx slabs. Contact us or come down to the showroom to take a look at the ultimate and most spectacular natural stone out there.