Onyx - a mineral, it is a fine-fibre variety of quartz. A distinctive feature of Onyx is its transparence. Due to the unique arrangement of fibers and crystals of calcium carbonate in its breed, Onyx has the ability to pass light rays to a depth of more than 5 centimeters, which allows its use as a stained-glass, facing of fireplaces and walls. In order to obtain the best effect and to emphasize the extraordinary beauty of the structure of onyx, you can use the backlight at finishing.
The richness of the color palette of the stone sometimes amazes even themselves designers and architects: from the yellow and pink shades up to blue and green. This feature allows you to create onyx mosaic. Colour of Onyx is determined by the impurities contained therein. The high content of impurities of copper and magnesium forms a dark green onyx, copper and iron - light green. A high content of impurities of iron oxide creates yellow, red and even brown color. Typically, the minimum amount of impurities contained in the white onyx.
At present time, only six countries extracted onyx - Iran, Mexico, Pakistan, Egypt, Afghanistan, Turkey. If compare with other facing stones onyx world stocks onyx significantly are limited. In perspective, it may be a rare stone. But, despite this fact, the popularity of onyx among designers and architects did not decline - from the "jewelry" of the material he moved smoothly into the category of unique elite finishing stone.
Due to the high frost resistance and poor water absorption onyx can be used for exterior decoration. But it is quite rare, even might say, the single its application. Using Onyx in the interior decoration gives a certain elegance with a slight effect of exoticism.
Since ancient times, onyx ascribed many magical properties that are beneficial to the atmosphere at home. Vases and bowls made of onyx, sculptures and statues, lamps and even window sills, all contribute to the concentration of energy in the house, sending her on track.