Onyx is a semi-precious gemstone that is the only known translucent stone on the planet. At first glance, you might confuse onyx tiles with expensive marble. However, hold the onyx up to the light and you will discover the difference! The light will reveal beautiful color and striations similar to those found in marble that have been formed over millions of years. While black onyx is probably the most familiar, the earth offers a wide selection of colors including white, gray, pink, green, honey gold and even a rusty shade of red. Like many natural products that come from the earth, onyx is believed to have certain “powers” that can help with sleep disorders, reduce stress and eliminate negative energy. It is also the birthstone for the month of August, and the preferred anniversary stone used to celebrate 10 years of marriage.
Most stone products, including onyx, are available in large slabs. However, a more affordable home decor option might be onyx tiles. These tiles can be cut into several different shapes and patterns to suit your needs such as:
• A basketweave pattern that will enhance a cottage or country kitchen
• A modern grid pattern that will fit right into a contemporary or even a craftsman style kitchen or bath
• Mosaic patterns are a nice way to use several different shades of onyx in one area
Onyx is a soft and porous material that may chip or scratch easily. For this reason, it is important to determine the amount of use a space will receive before installing onyx tiles. For example, if you have a busy household in which kitchen countertops receive a great deal of wear and tear, onyx tiles may be best used as an attractive backsplash to countertops in a more durable material such as granite or concrete. In the bath you may want to avoid onyx tiles in those areas that will require a great deal of scrubbing with harsh chemicals. Instead, consider a beautiful half wall or backsplash that can really become the focal point of the room; especially if it is properly lit to show off the translucence of the stone.
These beautiful tiles can also be used in commercial applications such as bar counters, decorative wall coverings and indoor planters as well as outdoor kitchens, pool houses and other areas that would benefit from the beauty and translucence of onyx tiles.