Onyx, the ever intriguing, rare, semi-precious stone with its translucent layers and exotic bands of alternating color, is often the material of choice when a dramatic effect in a space is desired. The rich-looking stone has graced the most opulent hotels, palaces and residences for centuries, instantly transforming rooms from meek to chic. Even Cleopatra had a penchant for onyx!
Here’s a mini-wiki for those of you who need a few precious facts about this precious stone:
Origin: India and South America.
Uses: In ancient times, it was used for jewelry, vases and other ornaments. In interior design, translucent onyx is used for everything from furnishings and bath fixtures to countertops and floors.
History: Roman soldiers believed that the stone would make the wearer brave; and orators during the Renaissance believed it brought them eloquence.
Healing: Onyx has been used as a heart, kidney, nerve, capillary, hair, eye and nail strengthener; it is also said to help one sleep and eliminate apathy, stress and neurological disorders.
Mystical Powers: Onyx is known for eliminating negative thinking, and bringing spiritual inspiration.
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Stone Forest, a manufacturer we’ve long coveted for their one-of-a-kind kitchen and bath designs sculpted from natural materials, utilizes onyx to incredible effect in their products. They work with huge varieties of the stone, including: honey, amber, purple, white and a dazzling multi-color. Have a look at some of our favorites and better yet, tell us which one you like the most.
Purple Onyx Wabi Vessel
Carved from small boulders of rare purple and green onyx, each onyx Wabi is one of a kind in terms of shape, size and color.
Veneto Pedestal Sink in Multi-Color Onyx
Inspired by classic Italian design, this striking, barrel-shaped vessel is carved from single blocks of multi-color onyx. The sculpture includes a cavity in the back that can accommodate a light source.
SYNC Drop-In Vessel Sink in Multi-Color Onyx
A Modenus favorite, we seem to be going on and on about this sink. We love the angular and very modernist shape as they contrast this ancient material.
Old World Tub in Onyx
And finally, inspired by ancient Roman baths, Stone Forest’s Old World Bathtub in pearlescent onyx is a sight to behold. Carved from a solid mass of onyx, the bathtub features sculptural lines and glowing natural colors courtesy of the translucent stone. The tub weighs 1500 pounds without water and can hold up to 500 pounds of water, may want to check the load bearing qualities of the floor its going on.