Red Onyxes are the variety of parallel banded silicate mineral chalcedony. This alternate birthstone of July gets its name from the Greek word of the same spelling which means “fingernail.” Red onyx is also known as Sardonyx because of shades of red. Even before Onyxes were used in jewelry, they were used by Egyptians to make bowls and other pottery items.
Red onyxes are characterized by the presence of parallel white bands which makes each piece unique and different in certain ways.
Onyxes are found in nature with different band colors for you to pick the right one that fits perfect to your personality.
Red Onyx thought to bestow good physical strength on the wearer. It is also believed to soothe down stress and nervousness.
Onyxes are either slightly translucent or fully opaque. The most common red onyxes are a combination of a red base with white upper layer.
Generally, red onyx is free from any inclusions and the most desirable piece should have a well-polished and reflective surface.
Onyxes can be cut into all the standard shapes available. The presence of attractive bands of color encourages the cutters to carve them into cameos and glossy cabochons.
Red onyx can be cut into sizes of different carat weights depending on size of the rough found in nature generally the primary driver of the price.
Onyx are found at scattered locations all over the world such as Uruguay, bordering regions of Brazil, Afghanistan, India, Madagascar, Peru and the US. Also, California and Mexico remained a major source for onyxes.
Red Onyx Ring is quite easy to clean due to their hardness and durability. However, a few things must be kept in mind like avoiding contact of the gemstone with make-up, harsh chemicals, abrasives.
While cleaning the ring make use of lukewarm water and mild cleaning detergent. Soft toothbrush can be used to clean the underside of the Red Onyx.Also, the ring must be individually kept to avoid contact with other jewelry to avoid unnecessary scratches.
The most common Red Onyx Certifications includes from GIA, IGL and HRD labs. It is usually a document you receive on the behalf of the aforementioned 3rd party labs which describes an Red Onyx in all of its characteristics. Each and every party’s defining grounds may defer.
One carat of Red Onyx can fetch average price per carat falling in the range from $1 to $500.