Antique and Vintage Onyx Jewelry

Like agate, onyx is a type of chalcedony, which is a cryptocrystalline quartz. The key difference between the two stones is that the characteristic bands we admire in agates are curved, while those in onyx are straight, usually alternating between black and white or brown and white. Onyx is a favorite material for cameo makers, who will frequently carve into, say, a white layer until they’ve removed enough of it to reveal the black layer...Continue Reading