Onyx: a translucent and bright material 

There are two main types of Onyx: siliceous onyx and calcareous onyx. The first one is black in colour with some white veins, and is an extremely hard rock, thus largely used to realise jewellery or artistic pieces, whereas the second one has a white/amber shade, and it’s as equally hard. The difference between the two lies in their translucency.

What does this mean? In this article, we’re going to analyse the characteristics of calcareous onyx.

The low refraction index of onyx

Calcareous onyx stands out for its sophisticated white-amber shade with a fine grain, embellished by soft, ivory or golden-coloured nuances. These peculiar chromatic variations are further enhanced by the translucency of this material, as this feature enables light to pass through the surface of the rock, giving life to fascinating light effects.

This physical property makes onyx the perfect material to light or back-light any environment. It can make every surface a precious piece of design, creating unique visual effects that add light and value to the furniture surrounding it as well.

How to make the most of the translucency of onyx

The natural translucency of this material has made onyx one of the most refined rocks throughout the centuries. Used to realise jewellery and extraordinary architectural complexes, onyx represents one of the most sought-after materials to add a touch of uniqueness to the environments in which it is employed. Its chromatic variations range from yellow-orange to brown, white, purple, green and black, and, with light, they can generate extremely eye-catching effects.

Thanks to these features, onyx is used in modern and contemporary environments to cover walls and bathrooms. Since it’s also translucent, it’s also widely employed to manufacture lamps, chandeliers and different pieces of furniture.

A unique atmosphere: the role of light

Light is essential to fully appreciate the beauty of onyx, which is the perfect material to create trendy, striking lamps that can decorate a room with a dim light.

Back-lit onyx radiates a warm, entrancing light that makes any room cosy and welcoming. It is often is turned into thin panels with a thickness of 3-4 millimetres, that, once back-lit, create astonishing visual effects, to make the most of this wonderful material.