The Properties of Onyx

As opposed to the development of marble, granite, and quartzite requiring heat and pressure deep within the earthʼs crust, onyx is formed right on the surface. When spring or groundwater carrying calcite emerge from underground to reach the surface, these minerals sink into the ground and form a layer of crystallized calcite.

Although pure calcite is either white or clear, even small amounts of other minerals can cause variations in color. The sheets’ differing colors are created by the water’s flow rate and the impurities present. For example, iron oxide usually gives the stone its most common pleasant honey-colored tint.

What is Onyx?

Onyx is one of the most beautiful stones used in construction and design. While it’s often seen as a back-lit wall, onyx can brighten any space.

Properties of Onyx

Onyx’s beauty lies in its translucence and distinct patterns which some have described as looking like otherworldly landscapes. It comes in a range of colors including cream, honey, silver, light blue, ivory, amber, dark cognac, and green; and because it lets light pass through it emits a soft radiation that makes for a stunning backsplash or back-lit wall. Given its diversity of shades it can complement any color scheme making it ideal to use as an accent tile.

Although onyx is costly and has unique applications, it can increase the value of your home. It is brittle and soft; therefore, most people use a backing of fiberglass mesh material to support its integrity. Additionally, Onyx does not tolerate heat well; however, it naturally has resistance to bacteria due to its smooth surface.

We’ve worked on a wide range of projects and know what materials work well and which ones are more difficult. We have many years of experience working with onyx and can make your property look stunning. Contact us today and we’ll answer any questions you have to get you started on your next backlight project.