Onyx’s name is derived from the Greek ‘onux’, for claw or finger, due to the claw-like veins that often appear on the stone. Greek mythology posits that the stone is the remains of the goddess Venus’s fingernails clipped off by cupid. The ancient stone was formed through the gas bubbles of lava from silica gel. Egyptians revered the stone, often using it to make mundane household items like bowls, and it’s even said that they tried to employ various methods to darken it. It was also used as an art medium in Greek, Roman, and Minoan societies. Closer to our era, onyx was a particularly favorite stone during the Art Deco movement, where it was paired with other precious stones including diamonds and rubies. Of notable mention was its routine pairing with jade to great effect. Onyx can be found throughout the globe in countries including Uruguay, Brazil, Australia, Madagascar, the UK, and various states in the US.