The name comes from the Greek word "onux" which means nail of a finger or claw.
Legend says that one day while Venus was sleeping Eros cut her fingernails and left the clippings scattered on the ground. Because no part of a heavenly body can die, the gods turned them into stone which later became known as Onyx.
The use of Onyx in Latin America dates back to pre-Columbian times. In ancient times Indians considered it a sacred or holy stone and used it for the decoration of their
temples, to represent gods and goddesses, masks etc. among other things.
In a spiritual way, Onyx has always been considered to be a stone that absorbs negative ideas and radiates good vibrations. It lifts the mood and gives positive energies.