Our rough onyx candle holders originate from India. They vary in size, but are about 5-10cm in width and 8-10cm tall. Color also varies. They can hold tea lights or votive candles. Photo is representational of one possible candle holder. Given the nature of the product, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the exact same one from the picture.
Onyx is a form of banded chalcedony, just like agate; the difference being that onyx has parallel bands where agate has curved ones. Like agate, it is cryptocrystaline, meaning that silica crystals and moganite crystals grow interweaving with each other. It comes in a wide range of colors, though vibrant colors are usually artificial.
Onyx's name means "claw" for its most common coloring. It has a long history of use in hard stone carving and jewelry. It's oldest use was in Egypt, where it was made into bowls and dishes. It was also a very popular material in the Art Deco period.
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