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Ultimate Guide When Buying Onyx Ring or Onyx Jewellery

New year, new jewellery. That’s certainly our motto. As any designer of handmade jewellery will tell you, there is one gemstone that they cherish working with and that’s onyx.

Utterly versatile, devastatingly chic and totally wallet-friendly, onyx is a popular pick for jewellery aficionados as much as designers. Although we typically think of the classic black onyx, the gemstone actually comes in a variety of different colours. So if you fancy adding a pop of colour to your jewellery box this year or treating someone special, you might even consider a red or green onyx ring.

Before you start weighing up your options, cast your eyes over our ultimate guide when buying an onyx ring (or any other onyx jewellery for that matter).

What is onyx jewellery?

Onyx comes from the chalcedony family which in turn a type of microcrystalline quartz. This natural stone features layers of colour that are a delight for handmade jewellery designers to work into their designs.

Onyx is a tough rock and earns a cushy rating of 6.5 on the Mohs scale. Compare that to a diamond – sitting pretty at number 10 – and you’ll see that is a substantial rating. For this reason, onyx is a terrific choice for ring design – including engagement rings.

Your onyx ring buying guide

Check out our onyx ring jewellery guide to ensure you find the perfect onyx ring or onyx necklace for yourself or your loved one.

Is an onyx ring expensive?

Although this exquisite stone is highly valuable, onyx is one of the most cost-effective types of gemstone. It is far less expensive than precious stones such as sapphires, rubies and emeralds.

Black onyx is usually the most expensive, so if you are on a tighter budget you might prefer to check out the prices for a green onyx ring. This is equally beautiful and as your (or your recipient’s) collection grows you can add black onyx to the mix in  the future.

Is onyx a good engagement ring

Onyx is a wonderful choice for an engagement ring due to its durability and beauty. Although it is growing in popularity for this special piece of jewellery it is still rather unconventional. This makes it an ideal selection for women who are less traditional or who don’t like diamonds.

In fact, in Indian culture it is believed that onyx delivers harmony to relationships. Which is exactly what you want from an engagement ring.

If you’re not quite ready for an engagement ring you can treat your loved one to a different piece of onyx jewellery. Consider an onyx necklace which she can wear close to her heart.

Can you wear an onyx ring every day?

You absolutely can wear an onyx ring every day! Onyx is very resilient to scratches and dents so you can enjoy daily wear without fear of damaging your stone. As a versatile stone that treads the line of dressy and casual you can also wear it to any occasion.

In addition to your onyx ring, you might also want to slip into some striking green onyx earrings to add some extra pizazz to your outfit.

How to care for an onyx ring

Onyx jewellery is the easiest to keep clean. All you need to do is wipe the stone with a dry cotton cloth. If necessary you can add a splash of water for any stubborn marks. However, you should never soak your onyx jewellery in water.

Do store your handmade green onyx earrings and rings in a compartmentalised jewellery box. If you don’t have one then you can wrap your pieces in soft cotton to prevent it from chipping against other pieces.

Where can I buy an onyx ring?

For total confidence that your onyx ring is genuine, you should shop with a reputable jewellery designer.

Numerous handmade jewellery designers integrate onyx into their collections which means that your piece is crafted with love and produced to comply with ethical standards.

Can I get bespoke onyx jewellery?

It is possible to purchase bespoke onyx jewellery. We recommend visiting or emailing your favourite handmade jewellery boutique to discuss exactly what you need. This is the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.

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