These onyx 6mm round beads from Dakota Stones are full of inky black shine. Available in 8-inch strands, these classic round beads feature a glossy black color that is sure to make other colors pop. Onyx is a variety of chalcedony that is similar to agate, with straight rather than curved bands. Nearly all black onyx on the market has been rendered a uniform, permanent black color with a treatment by sugar and acid or heat. This process has been used on onyx for thousands of years and does not decrease the value of the stone. Mined in Brazil, India and Madagascar, onyx gets its name from the Greek word "onux," meaning fingernail. The name comes from a legend about Cupid cutting the divine fingernails of Venus and the fates turning them into stone so that no part of her heavenly body would ever perish. Dakota Stones offers high-quality gemstones that are all useable in jewelry designs because every bead is checked to ensure they are cut and drilled correctly, that the finish is right and that the beads look distinct to their stone type.
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