Sardonyx is a variety of chalcedony, which is a crystalline quartz.
Also known as sardian onyx it is a blend of sard and onyx.
In Sardonyx the colored bands are sard meaning shades of red rather than black,
the combination of the two elements giving rise to its name.
Sardonyx stones usually contain flat-banded, white and brownish-red bands.
Ancient texts noted that the only truly valuable colors of Sardonyx were black,
red and white, the three ancient colors of the Triple Goddess.
Sardonyx is found mainly in Brazil.
The healing and protective properties of Sardonyx have been exhaulted since antiquity. Sardonyx is a stone of strength and protection. Use it to enhance willpower, integrity, stamina and vigor.
The gemstone was especially good for engraving upon, having a hard smooth surface capable of taking a high polish, and in ancient cameos the under-stone is generally used to form the ground, the lighter top layer being carved into figures, the different depths of the carving affording variety to the effect. These qualities made it a favourite with the ancient Romans, who believed that the virtue of stones could be increased if suitably engraved. The Sardonyx was therefore frequently carved with a figure representing Mars or Hercules to render its wearer fearless and courageous. The ancients also believed that this stone had the property of preserving its wearers from infectious complaints and the bites of venomous creatures, particularly from the sting of the scorpion. If hung round the neck it would allay pain, give self-control, attract friends, ensure conjugal happiness and success in legal matters.
Some people use sardonyx as a protection grid - placing it at each corner of the house and garden and at doors and windows to prevent crime and misfortune.
Sardonyx strengthens willpower, courage and character, promotes integrity and virtuous conduct, increases stamina, vigor and self-control, alleviates depression and overcomes hesitancy. It improves perception and aids absorption and processing of information.
For the body, Sardonyx is helpful for tinnitus, lungs, bones, spleen, sensory organs, fluid regulation, cell metabolism, immune system, absorption of nutrients, elimination of waste products.
Sardonyx harmonises friendships and strengthens partnerships. It may bring lasting happiness and stability to marriage as well as other partnerships and it attracts friends. Sardonyx brings good fortune in love, and also good luck generally and success in business matters that touch upon the law.
Sardonyx is a stone of strength and protection, invoking the search for a meaningful existence. It also promotes integrity and virtuous conduct. A defensive stone, Sardonyx is said to dispel sorrow in the wearer, which may be one manner in which it attracts friends to the wearer. Those persons who are in a state of sorrow, or who are going through a difficult stage of life should certainly wear a sardonyx chain around the neck. Sardonyx provides relief from depression and xenophobia which express themselves in chronic fear of all things that are alien and unusual. It may encourage optimism and confidence in the wearer and helps bereaved persons see the positive side of life again.
Forgetfulness and difficulties in concentrating can be alleviated by sardonyx. Sardonyx sharpens the mind, and assists the wearer to confront the world with open eyes and not to get lost in dreams and wishful thinking. Sardonyx encourages the wearer to be more adventurous and willing to take on the challenges of life while bestowing self-control.
It is used in protective rituals, used to promote fearlessness and can be used around the house and garden to prevent crime.