An origin steeped in myth, associated with the beauty of Venus, renders this opaque and semi-translucent variety of chalcedony a highly symbolic and refined material. According to lore, Onyx was created from the nails of Venus, which were trimmed by young Cupid and left on the ground: to render them immortal like their creator, the Fates turned them into gemstones. Dream or reality? This elegant, banded stone is widespread throughout Eastern art, which has utilised onyx to create some of the most spectacular mausoleums, mosaics and decorations. It’s a hard stone that reveals a great deal about who has crafted it, in the streaks and the decisive balance that the colour gradients bestow upon the final object.