Serving the benefits of healing since ancient times, the blue onyx hails from the family of onyx. Onyx is an oxide mineral chalcedony stone. It consists of layers of chalcedony with parallel bands on it. The colors of onyx can range from black to yellow, red or blue. Black colored onyx is the most commonly found mineral, while blue is a rare color for the stone. This cryptocrystalline stone consists of an inter-growth of quartz, silica, and moganite. It is found in various regions like Yemen, Uruguay, Argentina, India, Canada, Latin America, United Kingdom, Brazil, Australia, Pakistan, Czech Republic and various states in USA.
Blue Onyx has a chemical formula as SiO2 and it crystallizes in a trigonal-hexagonal system. It has a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on Mohs scale. Specific gravity is typically 2.6 but values can vary from 2.54 to 2.70. Indiscernible cleavage planes, vitreous luster, and conchoidal fracture are other physical properties of this stone. Onyx is optically a positive uniaxial mineral with a refractive index of 1.53 and 0.004 birefringence.
The onyx stone carries various benefits for the bones, bone marrow, blood disorders, teeth, soft tissues like fingernails and the feet. One should wear it on the left side of the body to avail its beneficial properties. The tradition guides to wear it around the neck to cool down feelings of lust and maintain chastity.
This stone is used for strength giving and crushing negative powers for centuries. It helps in connecting with the higher power for guidance. It provides self-confidence, personal strength and is said to help in creating one’s own destiny. Being a stone that promotes self-control, it assists in reducing lustful feelings.
Considering its divine power, it is widely used for curbing fears of dark evil. It imparts the feelings of being protected by light and majestic powers. It eases loneliness and gets rid of aloofness. It is also believed to help in connecting with animals by psychic contact. It can be used in understanding what the animal wants to convey. According to folk belief, the onyx holds the memories of its wearers in it. By absorbing various energies from the universe, it balances the dark and light swirls in the body.
The blue onyx is associated with the third eye chakra or ‘Ajna’. This part can be developed by various meditating ways. Blue Onyx helps to rejuvenate this part of the brain. People believe that the chaotic mind can be bought at peace with the blue colored onyx. It facilitates in bringing mental peace, refreshing the soul and gaining the divine guidance. It is used most often to change bad habits and avoid the obstruction created against that. Hence many people wear this stone.