Did you know?
Sardonyx has been used since ancient times for making cameos and intaglios. Wearing jewellery has always been considered fortunate. In the 4th century, Epiphanius, Bishop of Salamis, noted sard' medicinal value for wounds, and in the 11th century, Bishop Marbodius remarked on it as a protector against incantation and sorcery.
3 Facts About Sardonyx
A translucent, light to dark brown chalcedony, sard takes its name from the Greek Sardis, the capital of ancient Lydia. Until the Middle Ages it shared the name "sardion" with Carnelian. Bands of sard and white chalcedony are called Sardonyx. Sard forms from the deposition of silica at low temperature from silica-rich waters percolating through cracks and fissures in other rocks. One famous locality for sard is Ratnapura, Sri Lanka. Other source are in India, Brazil and Uruguay. It was used at Harappa, one of the centres of the Indus civilization (c2300-1500BC), by the Mycenaeans (1450-1100BC), and also by the Assyrians (1400-600BC).
Legend & Folklore
A protective and detoxifying stone, Sardonyx is a stone of strength and protection that strengthens willpower and character. Invoking the search for a meaningful existence, it promotes integrity and virtuous conduct. Said to bring lasting happiness and stability to marriage and partnership, Sardonyx attracts friends and good fortune. This stone increases stamina, vigor, and self-control and overcomes hesitancy. It improves perception and aids absorption and processing information.